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Youths’ plea to free Nigerian girls

- Manipur organisation joins global campaign against abduction

Imphal, May 20: Youths of Manipur have joined the “Bring back our girls” campaign, which is running across the world for safe release of more than 250 Nigerian girls who were abducted by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram more than a month ago.

Members of World Fund for Youth, an Imphal-based organisation, today demonstrated with placards for half-an-hour in front of their office, Global Youth House, at Porompat in Imphal East.

Boko Haram had stormed an all-girls secondary school at Chibok village in Borno state in Nigeria on April 14, packed the teenagers who were taking exams onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon.

Reports said 53 girls escaped while an estimated 276 remained in captivity.

The students, aged between 16 and 18, were sitting for a physics paper in their school when the militants came.

“Being a youth organisation working for the welfare of the youth we are joining the worldwide campaign to ensure safety of the girls and their release without any physical harm,” K. Karnajit Singh, director of the Imphal organisation said.

Karnajit Singh, a youth activist and founder of the Manipur unit of Club25 International, a world organisation that leads the blood donation movement.

The Manipur unit of Club25 International had invited about 600 youths from various countries for a six-day global youth meet here in February this year to discuss issues concerning the youths of the world.

“We condemn this act of terrorism and demand the immediate release of our girls. Every citizen of the world should join the campaign. Such acts of terrorism can happen anytime in any country, even in India. We believe that if enough pressure is mounted, the abductors will release the girls. In this belief we are joining this campaign,” Karnajit Singh said.

He urged the Nigerian government to do more to bring the girls back home.

As part of the campaign, the organisation is planning to hold a protest rally by students here on Thursday.

“We appeal to the students of the state to join the rally or hold demonstrations in their respective schools on Thursday,” Karnajit Singh said.