Parents Fight for 200 Daughters, Nigeria

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nigeria missing girls careGirls in CARE program, Guzha Primary School, Zimbabwe. © Josh Estey/CARE

Parents Fight For Missing Daughters

It’s been three weeks since more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria were abducted from their dorm rooms at night – and have yet to be rescued.

Hundreds of mothers and fathers are taking to the streets, demanding the return of their missing girls. It’s heart-breaking to imagine how they must feel, not knowing if they will ever see their daughters again. It’s even more heart-breaking to imagine those brave, frightened, young girls and what they must be going through.

If they are not rescued, their future is bleak: these young girls may be among the more than 39,000 girls married as children every single day.

Reportedly, some of the girls were already sold for as little as $12, and may now have vanished forever.

It has never been clearer that in a world where hundreds of girls can be snatched and forced into marriage, our leaders need to step up and pass the International Violence Against Women Act, and do it now. Please send a letter to your members of Congress right now and demand that we do everything in our power to keep girls safe from child marriage and other forms of violence.

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