Not a topic I like covering, but I thought I’d post a few government resources relating to the kidnapping of nearly 300 female Nigerian students on April 15, 2014.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama made the weekly address from the White House last weekend, talking about Mother’s Day and the kidnapping.
The U.S. State Department’s page on Nigeria has links to State Department press briefings and press releases about the situation, and a fact sheet that provides information about the activities of the kidnappers, the group Boko Haram, over the last few years, and about various U.S. Department of State initiatives and programs to assist Nigeria’s counterterrorism efforts,
I thought I’d look at the United Nations to see what information it might have. Looking at its website reminded me what a big bureaucracy the UN is, and how many crises are happening around the world. This means the UN has a lot to respond to, and it’s not the most nimble of organizations. It does have a couple of commissions, legal instruments, etc, that might deal with elements present in the Nigerian situation.
- The UN Secretary-General has a Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.
- UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, has pulled together some of the main UN documents regarding women. The Executive Director published an op-ed about the kidnapping.