Students don red to protest Nigerian abductions

ESTHER ASHBY-COVENTRY
Last updated 05:00 24/06/2014
Mackenzie College
STANDING UP: Mackenzie College students pose for a photo in support of the return of the Nigerian school girls abducted more than 2 months ago.

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Mackenzie College pupils hope a protest against the abduction of school girls in Nigeria will help them be rescued and returned to their families.

In the middle of April about 276 students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organisation based in northeast Nigeria claimed responsibility.

The group does not believe females should be educated. A handful of the girls have since escaped and tell of hiding in the jungle. Nigerian authorities know where the girls are being held but fear deaths may ensue if they try to free them.

The Kiwi students posed for a photo wearing red, a colour related to protest in the West African republic. They hope putting it on twitter will keep the incident high profile so the girls are not forgotten.

Mackenzie College teacher John Cruden said some of the students were active members of Amnesty International. The students all think it is the girls' rights to have an education.

Cruden said he would be happy for other schools to join Mackenzie on this issue.

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- The Timaru Herald

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