Rep. Maloney encouraged by reports of Nigerian girls’ rescue
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) today released the following statement on reports that 200 girls and 93 women were rescued from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group during a Nigerian military operation in the Sambisa Forest.
“Today’s report that 200 girls and 93 women have been rescued from the grip of Boko Haram is welcome news. I am hopeful that the Chibok girls who were kidnapped just over one year ago were among those rescued.
“I am thankful that Nigerian troops have made progress in their fight against Boko Haram, and I hope they will continue searching until all those kidnapped have been rescued and returned home.
“The outpouring of international support for returning the girls and the #BringBackOurGirls movement have helped enormously by making sure the missing girls were not forgotten and keeping the pressure on the Nigerian government and international community to support the search and rescue operation.
“From lighting the Empire State Building, to holding rallies on Capitol Hill and across the nation, thousand across the country have kept hope alive.”