Names of Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls Reconsidered 0

The following replaces and significantly updates a post from earlier today.

By Medina Dauda (VOA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Medina Dauda (VOA) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The kidnapping of hundreds of school girls by terrorist group Boko Haram is the most recent chapter in the enduring tragedy that is Nigeria. The story has focused world attention on the nation’s overwhelming internal strife, which is far from new. Nigeria’s instability has much to do with its oil economy and the decades of domestic terrorism, rampant corruption and fringe anarchy it has bred; the extreme disparity between rich and poor it has caused; and neglectful exploitation by the United States and Europe, who gobble up to 70% of Nigerian oil exports. More on that in a future post.

There are conflicting stories about how many girls have been kidnapped; a recent accounting featured on banners in Nigerian demonstrations puts the number at 276. There are also questions about whether their names should he published, for fear of retributions to the girls or their families. Earlier today, EarthDesk briefly posted a list of names from another site. We have removed the named list in favor of a simple numbered list. You can insert the names of every young girl you and your family have ever known and likely still have room for more:

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