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Scandal and global claim schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria

The hostages are raped up to 15 times a day and would be sold to different countries

More than 270 schoolchildren were kidnapped on April 14 in their school Chibok (northeast), in the state of Borno. Of the 276 girls abducted, 53 escaped and 223 are captive. Press reports claim that some of these 223 students were still in captivity and sold as brides on the border with Chad and Cameroon at the price of $ 12. Armed members of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram overpowered the security guards of schools for girls and kidnapped the girls out of bed to join them trucks finally disappeared into the dense jungle border with Cameroon.

The armed group believed that women and girls should not be educated: indeed, its name translates as "Western education is a sin".

President Barack Obama said his administration will do its utmost to help Nigeria find the 200 girls abducted by an extremist group in mid-April.

"Certainly in the short term, our goal is to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything possible to recover these girls," said the president, father of two teenagers, in an interview on the "Today" on NBC. Program

Obama said the long-term goal is to deal with groups like Boko Haram, which claimed responsibility on Monday for the kidnapping of 234 schoolgirls in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, and threatened to sell them as brides. At least eight other girls were kidnapped in the region, according to reports released today.

"Boko Haram, the terrorist organization that has been operating in Nigeria, has been killing innocent civilians and people for a long time," Obama said. "I can not imagine what the parents are going through."

Washington imposed sanctions in November against the group, including denying access to U.S. financial institutions and froze its assets under U.S. jurisdiction.

"We will do everything we can to assist them," Obama promised, adding that the Nigerian government accepted an offer of U.S. support consisting of an integrated military and the United States by team officials.

The Secretary of State, John Kerry, made ​​the offer during a telephone conversation held hours before the president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, the White House spokesman Jay Carney said at the daily press conference.

The proposed team "include U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officials with skills and abilities in investigations and hostage negotiations, as well as officials with skills in other areas that might be useful to Nigerian government in its response," said Carney.

President Jonathan said his government has no knowledge of where the girls are held captive.

But Carney ruled out the use of U.S. forces in Africa in search and rescue efforts and noted that "we are not currently considering military resources."

The Foreign Secretary of UK, William Hague, has condemned the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria and called on the Nigerian authorities to take action to save the kidnapped girls.

The protest in the streets and has made the leap to the screen through social networks by using the hashtags #BringBackOurDaughters and #BrgBackOurGirls, a gesture that seems to have ignited a global call to action.

traslation: Belén Zapata