Community leaders in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok have called on the United Nations to step in and rescue more than 200 girls taken from a school in April, by the extremist group Boko Haram.
They accused the government of not providing adequate military presence to the area, as well as the army of being incapable of ceasing the violence. Boko Haram is threatening to sell the girls into marriage and slavery if Nigeria’s government does not exchange them for detained insurgents.
Local leaders called on the UN to provide much-needed security. The UN has reiterated its readiness to support the Nigerian authorities.