Nelson Mandela’s widow meets Nigeria’s Chibok girls parents

Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel says the world has not forgotten the 219 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram militants last year.

Mrs Machel who met some of the parents of the girls in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, urged them to remain strong.

Seventeen of the girls’ parents have died since their abduction, the BBC’s Umar Elleman reports from the city.

The kidnap of the girls from a school in Chibok sparked global outrage.

Mrs Machel, a prominent child rights campaigner, says she speaks about the girls wherever she goes.

“I shook hands with all of you and feel what is in your blood… I share the pain with you of not knowing when the girls will come back.”

She added that the parents have asked her to urge Nigerians and the international community to do more to free the missing girls.

The meeting was organised by Murtala Muhammed Foundation to support the parents as they deal with the trauma caused by the abductions.Mrs Machel, a prominent child rights campaigner, says she speaks about the girls wherever she goes.

“I shook hands with all of you and feel what is in your blood… I share the pain with you of not knowing when the girls will come back.”

She added that the parents have asked her to urge Nigerians and the international community to do more to free the missing girls.

The meeting was organised by Murtala Muhammed Foundation to support the parents as they deal with the trauma caused by the abductions.

BBC

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