Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday urged the Federal Government and negotiators not to give up until all the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are freed from captivity.
The United Nations’ Special Envoy for Global Education made this call in his reaction to the release of the abducted girls. He said while the release of the 21 girls “is a huge relief,” the development puts the spotlight on the other girls still being held.
Gordon Brown: “The release of 21 kidnapped #ChibokGirls is a huge relief but authorities must not give up until EVERY girl is safe"— Gordon & Sarah Brown (@OfficeGSBrown) October 13, 2016
He also expressed concern about how the freed girls would be reintegrated into the society.
The former UK prime minister, who has campaigned for the release of the girls, said in a statement that, “The release of 21 kidnapped Chibok girls is a huge relief but still raises the question: Where are the other 200 girls and what has happened to them?
”This Friday marks exactly two and a half years since the girls were abducted from their school dormitory. Most were studying to go on to college or university and to be nurses, doctors, care workers, teachers, lecturers and engineers.
”For those girls rescued today – a rescue for which we should thank the International Red Cross – we do not know how they will readjust but one thing is for certain, their lives have changed forever. ”Now we must urge authorities and negotiators not to give up until every girl is safely back with their families.”