11 Parents Of Nigeria's Abducted Girls Dead
According to AP News today, in the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents reported.
The town (Chibok) where girls were kidnapped, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.
Seven fathers of kidnapped girls are reportedly among 51 bodies that was taken to the Chibok hospital after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month, said a health worker who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals by the extremists.
As a result of the unknown outcome and well-being of the missing girls, at least four more parents have died of heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses said community leader Pogu Bitrus, who provided their names. "One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him," said Bitrus.
On Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan met with parents of the 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and some classmates who managed to escape from Islamic extremists. Jonathan promised to continue the search to see the girls "are brought out alive," said his spokesman of the meeting which press were not permitted to attend. Although, the meeting did seem to have yielded any positive impact on the parents, but some parents had the opportunity of shaking hands with the president.
Chibok town has been cut off because of frequent attacks on the roads that are studded with burned out vehicles. Commercial flights no longer go into the troubled area and the government has halted charter flights. Through numerous phone calls to Chibok and the surrounding area, The Associated Press has gathered information about the situation in the town where the students were kidnapped from their school, reported AP News.