Vigil in Derry for kidnapped schoolgirls

Emotions running high as relatives wait for news on their missing daughters and sisters.
Emotions running high as relatives wait for news on their missing daughters and sisters.

A vigil will take place in Derry on Wednesday to show solidarity with the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria.

Ógra Shinn Féin have organised the event to take place at 1pm at the Guildhall.

There has been widespread international outrage since the girls aged between 15 and 18 were kidnapped by Islamist extremist in Nigeria several weeks ago.

Speaking ahead of the vigil, chairperson of Ógra Shinn Féin in Derry Michael McCrossan said it is important to support the right of every woman and girl across the world to an education.

“We are calling for the immediate and. unconditional release of these schoolgirls and I would urge everyone, particularly women to support Wednesday’s vigil,” said Michael McCrossan.

“The kidnappers have vowed to sell these children into slavery and we must do all in our power to send them a message that the international community is abhorred by their actions.”

Mr McCrossan also expressed concerns that it has taken the international community so long to respond to the kidnapping.

“This mass kidnapping happened more than four weeks ago yet the international community is only beginning to respond now,”

“The kidnappings send out a very disturbing message about the value of women in the developing world. It also poses a very serious threat to the basic universal right of women to education.

“It’s important that we send out a clear message from Derry of our solidarity with the schoolchildren and our disgust at the actions of the kidnappers and ask people to come along at 1pm on Wednesday 14th May outside the Guildhall for a short vigil.”

A new video was released by their kidnappers, Boko Haram, yesterday claiming to show over 100 of the missing girls. They group’s leader has said they will only release the girls in exchange for the release of prisoners.