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Inspire’s co-director Sara Khan has commented on reports that further women have been abducted by Boko Haram in the north-eastern Adamawa state of Nigeria:

“Following reports of a truce and the proposed release of the schoolgirls it is unbelievable that these criminals have still not handed over these young women but the fact that they have reportedly abducted even more women and girls is truly shocking. The majority of them have been missing from their families for over six months and must be facing the most terrifying of situations. It just reaffirms the disgusting, twisted ideologies and barbaric behaviour that Boko Haram are capable of, echoed in the treatment of women by other groups like ISIS. These girls are being robbed of their innocence not to mention their dignity and respect. We urge all women in the UK to join us in showing their condemnation for groups like these by using the hashtag #makingastand and to actively challenge extremists who are a direct threat to women and their rights.”

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Six months have gone by since Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from their villages in northern Nigeria, six long months of waiting for a sign of life and hoping for their release. Yet, just last week, the terrifying news reached us of a renewed kidnapping of dozens of girls by the militant terror organisation.

Amidst the horror; three brave girls, taken from their beds by militants at night, courageously escaped Boko Haram’s brutal clutches and reunited with their families. The BBC is now retelling their incredible story as a cartoon, dedicating a short animation to them as part of their 100 Women series.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has kidnapped more than 500 girls and women in Nigeria, a horrifying toll. Human Rights Watch published a new report this week, detailing the mental and physical violence endured by the abducted.  Read more here.

We urge all women to join us in #MakingAStand and condemning this barbarism which treats women as spoils of war to be traded.