Cambridge students took to the streets today in support of the families of the missing girls in Nigeria and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Students from across the University dressed in red and took part in a march from King’s College to Clare Memorial Court. The event was organised by CUSU Women’s Campaign and two Nigerian students, Babatunde Olaiya and Oluwabukola Gbotosho.
The national #BringBackOurGirls campaign has gained support from Michelle Obama and David Cameron, after 276 teenage girls were abducted from a boarding secondary school in North-East Nigeria, with terrorist group Boko Haram claiming responsibility. Cambridge students today added their voice to the campaign.
In a press release, Babatunde and Oluwabukola said: “We write on behalf of the students of University of Cambridge to express our sympathy for the 276 school girls abducted at Government College Chibok, Borno State, North-East Nigeria recently.
“We also wish to show our solidarity with the global movement against the activities of the notorious Boko Haram terrorist group which has claimed responsibility for the dastardly act, and to condemn the unsatisfactory manner in which the authorities in Nigeria have handled the situation.
“We call on the authorities in Nigeria, relevant international organizations and friendly governments to work in concert to ensure that the state of affairs is resolved in favour of the full restoration of sustainable peace, security and good governance in that region of Nigeria.”
Speaking to The Cambridge Student, students attending the march cited a hope that their actions would help to raise greater awareness of the issue.
Isabelle Barber noted: “It’s nice to feel like we can actually do something to help because most of the time you can’t do anything, even if it’s just raising awareness”.
Homerton student Louise Banable added to this, explaining: “It’s about raising awareness and just getting peoples’ attention. The story struck me because we’re all in education and it could easily be 276 of us. It’s really important to do something”