May 6, 2014

Why Women Are the Spoils of War -- and Nobody Cares

Lauren Wolfe, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Right now, the world is scrambling, finally, to help the Nigerian girls. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on May 3 that the United States "will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice." The Nigerian government, reports say, has set up a "committee" headed by a senior Army general to advise how to secure the release of the girls. But was there something that could have been done before the kidnapping that would have prevented this?

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TAGGED: Women's Rights, Women, Africa, Boko Haram, Nigeria


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