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CBC Excoriates 'Despicable' Abduction of Nigerian Schoolgirls

James Wright | 5/7/2014, 5:24 p.m.
The Congressional Black Caucus lent its voice to the growing global outrage about the abduction of hundreds of girls and ...

The Congressional Black Caucus lent its voice to the growing global outrage about the abduction of hundreds of girls and young women in Nigeria.

"The kidnapping of more than 300 young women last month and eight girls in Nigeria today is horrific and despicable," read a statement issued Tuesday by the caucus. "Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram who claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, has referred to these young women as 'slaves' and threatened to sell them in the market. Shekau is the lowest and worst type of human being and his words and Haram's action run afoul of Islam, international law and basic humanity."

The caucus supported U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's decision to send a security team to Nigeria that will assist that country's government in the areas of intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating and victim assistance.

"It is troubling that the kidnapped girls might have been moved out of Nigeria to neighboring countries, and therefore we call on the international community, especially African nations and the African Union, to work together to find these girls and unite them with their families," the statement said.