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The Himba people are the indigenous people of Northern Namibia, also residing in parts of Angola, particularly along the Kunene River. They are a semi-nomadic and pastoral community. Himba women take on many roles in their community, everything from creating handicrafts and minding children, to building homes from mud bricks. 

In the Himba community, hairstyle is used to symbolise social status. Men often have a single plait that extends towards the rear of their head. Women have vertical plaits. Variations of these styles can denote details such as whether a tribe member is married. 

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Thousands of young girls are being trafficked from villages in Togo, to various countries in the region, to work as unpaid domestic servants.

Girls as young as seven are taken from rural villages to Togo’s capital Lomé, neighbouring Nigeria or Benin by traffickers known as ogas, who are more often than not close female relatives such as aunts or older sisters.

According to children’s rights organisation, Plan International, the girls are put to work in households where they perform laborious domestic work for their bosses, such as washing, cooking, cleaning and caring for children.

Meanwhile, their wages are gathered as an income by the ogas, who can make up to CFA150,000 per year (approximately $250) if they have a number of girls working for them.

The trafficked girls miss out on school, and many experience physical violence, are not fed, or are raped and abused by men in the household.

It’s been three weeks since nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school dormitory. Activists in Nigeria and around the world have taken to the streets and social media to keep the pressure on the Nigerian government and world leaders to take immediate action to locate and rescue the missing schoolgirls. Because of these efforts, global leaders are beginning to take a stand. 

Here are ways you can support the rescue efforts:
1. Sign the petition at Change.org and Women Thrive Worldwide to call on world leaders to act
2. Donate to the Bring Back Our Girls Emergency Project at Catapult
3. Organize or attend a rally in your city via Bring Back Our Girls
4. Spread the word and post a photo using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls

Together we can #BringBackOurGirls!

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DOZENS of heavily armed terrorists rolled into the sleepy little town one night in a convoy of trucks, buses and vans. They made their way to the girls’ boarding school.

The high school girls, asleep in their dormitory, awoke to gunfire. The attackers stormed the school, set it on fire, and, residents said, then herded several hundred terrified girls into the vehicles — and drove off and vanished.

‘Bring Back Our Girls’ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/opinion/sunday/kristof-bring-back-our-girls.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

We stand with people worldwide who believe that every person is equal in inherent worth and dignity and human rights. We stand with the parents and families of the abducted girls. If we do not respond effectively, those who prey on women and girls are emboldened to continue their crimes.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH THESE ABDUCTIONS AND KILLINGS MUST STOP! - Education is a child’s basic right… #BringBackOurGirls

  • Despite the terrifying attacks on schools, hundreds of brave girls gathered in Chibok, Borno state, North Nigeria for a few days in April to take exams.  April 14, come sundown, as many as 200 armed extremist stormed the boarding school dormitories herding the girls out of bed and tricking them into thinking they were military soldiers rescuing them from an on coming attack from Boko Haram.  That evening more than 300 girls were abducted.
  • In the dead of night, the militants’ convoy of pickup trucks, buses and motorcycles penetrated deep into the Nigerian forest with its haul of kidnapped children (possibly the Konduga area of the Sambisa Forest where Boko Harem were known to have fortified camps).  Men on motorcycles wielding AK-47’s riding along side the trucks threatening to shoot any girl that tries to escape.
  • 53 girls had escaped so far, and 276 remained missing.
  • Many sold as “brides”(sex slaves) to militants for the price of $12 (7.12£ / 8.73€ / 1221¥ / 93HK$).  In an article by the Washington Post, one family member was noted as stating:  “We have heard from members of the forest community where they took the girls. They said there had been mass marriages and the girls are being shared out as wives among the Boko Haram militants”.
  • At least two have died of snakebite, and about 20 others are ill. 
  • Latest reports states that another group of 11 girls between the ages of 12 and 15 had been kidnapped in the villages of Warabe and Wala in northeastern Borno state.  Many media sources believe that the girls were forced into trucks driven to Cameroon and Chad.
  • Boko Haram (modeled itself on Afghanistan’s Taliban) literally translates to ‘Western education is a sin’; bitterly opposes secular education and Western culture, aiming to establish Islamic sharia law throughout the country.
  • In addition to last months kidnapping, the terror group has carried out dozens of school attacks since 2012, killing a countless number of students and teachers, nearly closing all the schools in the northeastern region of Nigeria.
  • In February an attack in Yobe state carried out by Boko Haram ambushed a boarding school while the students were sleeping, killing 43 students .  Young boys had their throats cuts or were hacked to death.  Others were locked into their dormitories and burned to death as the extremist threw in firebombs.
  • In July, 42 students and teachers killed in another attack on a Yobe state school. 
  • In September 40 more died in an attack on an agricultural college, again during when the students were sleeping.
  • Boko Haram has killed more than 1,500 people this year.
  • President Goodluck Jonathan acknowledged the offers of help from the United States, Britain, China and France, all of which have offered help in the weeks-old search for the girls.  But the task of recovering the girls appeared to grow more complicated with news that U.S. intelligence believe the 276 girls have been split up and moved out of Nigeria and into neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Togo.
  • Human rights group Amnesty International said in a statement, citing multiple interviews with sources, that the security forces had been warned more than four hours in advance of the school attack but did not do enough to stop it.
  • President Goodluck Jonathan, for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists.  An apparent lack of urgency on the part of the government and military, for reasons that include a reluctance to bring in outsiders as well as possible infiltration by the extremists.  Last year, he said he suspected Boko Haram terrorists might be in the executive, legislative and judiciary arms of government along with the police and armed forces.
  • The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has said the world body is set to send out a a special envoy on security to Nigeria to assist the country in the search for the abducted schoolgirls.  Also, the UN, in collaboration with the international community has expressed commitment to ensuring that the over 10 million out of school girls in Nigeria are sent to school as soon as possible.
  • Almost one year after Nigeria declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states, the Nigerian authorities have reported that a quarter of a million people are now displaced within the country and more than 60,000 people have fled across borders.
  • UPDATE: an undated video released on Monday by French news agency Agence France-Presse, shows about 100 of the 276 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants nearly a month ago.  It’s the first time they’ve been seen since their abduction.  The girls are shown wearing the full-length hijab; some portions of the footage show them praying.  It is thought the majority of the abducted girls are Christians, although there are a number of Muslims among them.  The group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said they would be held until all imprisoned militants had been freed.

Read the full article ‘Nigerian schoolgirls recall Boko Haram kidnapping’ via Los Angeles Times (additional sources CNN, Washington Post, AP, Reuters, New York Times)

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