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Zambian students call for release of Chibok schoolgirls


LUSAKA – Scores of students at the Mayukwayukwa Refugee Settlement in Kaoma, Lusaka, have joined calls demanding the release of over 200 abducted Nigerian students in Chibok, Borno.

The demand for the release was made when Zambian Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Nickson Chilangwa, and other senior diplomatic officials, toured the high school on Wednesday.

The refugees and Zambian students in the remote refugee settlement carried placards calling for the release of the Boko Haram abducted students.

Chilangwa was accompanied by the UN Resident Coordinator, Janet Rogan and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representative in Zambia, Laura Lo Castro, as well as other co-operating partners.

As the high-level delegation toured the basic school and high school, all the students, including boys, carried placards reading “BRING BACK OUR GIRLS.’’

UNHCR revealed that the placards were sign of sorrow and solidarity over the plight of over 200 girls abducted in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno, on April 14.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Rogan, commended the students for showing solidarity with their fellow students in Nigeria.

Rogan said “as the UN in Zambia, we are proud of you and will join the rest of the world in voicing calls to have these girls released.’’

The UNHCR Representative also expressed happiness that the students, who included some refugees, have shown great responsibility by joining calls to have the girls abducted in Nigeria released.

Report says Mayukwayukwa hosts over 11,600 people of concern from Angola, Burundi and Sudan. (PANA/NAN)

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