Two months after 276 school girls were kidnapped in Nigeria by the Boko Haram Islamic terror organization, the massive worldwide hashtag diplomatic effort has, unsurprisingly, failed to resolve the issue.
Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo, the chairman of the government’s fact-finding committee on the kidnapping, said in a statement Friday that 57 of the girls have been reunited with their families. But over 200 still remain hostages of the Islamic terror group.
You may recall that despite many other international crises in the world, First Lady Michelle Obama and other celebrities decided to make the schoolgirls’ kidnapping their cause du jour in May.
— ABC World News (@ABCWorldNews) May 7, 2014
Unfortunately, with American influence on the wane all across the globe — the Boko Haram Islamic terrorists were not swayed by the social media diplomacy that the Obama Administration seems to relish. The White House ordered some drones to Nigeria to help with intelligence gathering — but that hasn’t borne fruit.
Nigerians have become increasingly frustrated with the effort to find and rescue the children and now America has become part of the blame game.
When Rev. Enoch Mark heard American drones were flying into Nigeria to find his two kidnapped daughters—among the 223 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram—he thought his prayers for a speedy rescue might be answered. Two months later, he has lost faith.
People here and abroad cheered the arrival of U.S. drones in May, hoping they could find 223 girls scattered across hostile territory. The drone operation has yielded little public information as to the girls’ whereabouts—or altered a lopsided battle between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military, which has ruled out a mass rescue.
While the schoolgirls’ fate remains uncertain, the Boko Haram terror group continues its insurgency throughout Nigeria. This has been a particularly bloody week in Nigeria at the hands of the Islamic terrorists.
On Sunday, Boko Haram burned down a village called Kwaraglum near Chibok, the town where girls were abducted from their boarding school in April, said a local vigilante stationed nearby. That same day, they also struck another nearby town, Ndagu, said Simon Jasini, whose older brother was among 10 people killed in the raid. The group is suspected of a bombing on Tuesday that killed 14 people watching the World Cup in the city of Damaturu, said a resident who accompanied state officials to the hospital.
It does seem that the First Lady’s hashtag efforts got the attention of another Islamic terror group though. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted this mocking of Mrs. Obama after ISIS captured some U.S. military vehicles through their pillaging of Northern Iraq this week.
— AustynZOGS (@Austynzogs) June 19, 2014
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