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The President Provides an Update on the U.S. Response to Ebola

 

Published on Oct 28, 2014

On October 28, 2014, President Obama delivered an update on how U.S. health care workers are helping to contain and ultimately end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

 

 

Barack speaks to the media about the Ebola virus after a conference call with USAID workers in West Africa before leaving the White House en route to Wisconsin. Barack said the US can’t be seen as shying away from battle against Ebola. Barack did not directly criticize quarantine policies for returning health care workers implemented in New York and New Jersey. But he says the response to the Ebola virus needs to be sensible and “based on science,” while supporting health care workers going overseas to fight the disease.

 

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President Obama Remarks at Campaign Rally in Wisconsin For Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke

 

Published on Oct 28, 2014

President Obama Remarks at Campaign Rally in Wisconsin
President Obama spoke at a campaign rally with Democrats running for office in Wisconsin, including gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

 

 

 

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Accelerating Advanced Manufacturing in America

 

President Obama on America’s Response to Ebola: “When Disease or Disaster Strikes, Americans Help”

 

We Will Stop Ebola in West Africa

 

ENERGY STAR Day: The Power of the Little Blue Label

 

CDC: Monitoring Symptoms and Controlling Movement to Stop the Spread of Ebola

 

Reach Higher with the First Lady on Tumblr and IRL

Learn more about the First Lady’s initiative and how you can reach higher at WhiteHouse.gov/Reach-Higher, and then ask the First Lady a question on Tumblr before her first-ever Tumblr Q&A on Monday, November 3.

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

Remarks by the President on Ebola

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President Rousseff of Brazil

 

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

 

Schedule for the Week of October 27, 2014

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Portland, Maine to attend a DNC roundtable and a campaign event for Mike Michaud and other Maine Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Maine will be made available in the coming days. Afterward, the President will travel to the Providence, Rhode Island area, where he will remain overnight.

 

On Friday, the President will deliver remarks at Rhode Island College on the economy and the importance of pursuing policies that help women succeed. Further details on the President’s travel to Rhode Island will be made available in the coming days. Following his remarks, the President will return to Washington, D.C. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.

 

On Saturday, the President will travel to the Detroit, Michigan area to attend a campaign event for Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. Further details on the President’s travel to Michigan will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Sunday, the President will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut for an event with Dan Malloy and other Connecticut Democrats. Afterward, the President will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend a campaign event for Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Connecticut and Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

 

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Today (all times Eastern)

 

12:45: White House Press Briefing

 

1:35: The President meets with members of his public health and national security teams on the government’s Ebola response, Situation Room

 

3:40: Delivers remarks on Ebola, East Room

 

 

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President Obama Cousin Pookie Needs to Vote In This Midterm Election

 

Published on Oct 29, 2014

Joe Madison The Black Eagle. President Obama was on the show to discuss the midterm elections its importance on the remainder of his Presidency.

 

 

 

“Everyone’s Doing It!” Says Cop Who Stole Sexually Explicit Photos

 

Published on Oct 28, 2014

“The story the court documents tell is alarming.

After an automobile crash, a young woman suspected of drunk driving was getting checked out for injuries. A California Highway Patrol officer, five-year veteran Sean Harrington, had her cell phone. He found a photo of her in a bikini. So he allegedly sent the image to his own phone, and then, though already guilty of criminal conduct, he forwarded the image to another California Highway Patrol officer. ‘Taken from the phone of my 10-15x while she’s in X-rays,’ he texted. ‘Enjoy buddy!!!’”

 

 

 

Black Men in AMERICA Killed UNARMED by Cops

 

Published on Aug 24, 2014

Black Men, Shot by White / Caucasian Police Officers while UNARMED [A video timeline by Melissa Harris Perry of MSNBC]

 

 

 

Scott Walker Hides His Equal Pay Record Behind This Lying Smile

 

Published on Oct 28, 2014

“A new ad from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker features his lieutenant governor celebrating his apparent support for equal pay for women. In the ad, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch says she finds it “insulting” that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has said that Walker is “trying to make it harder for women to earn equal pay.” She goes on to claim that, “Under Scott Walker, workplace discrimination will always be illegal for any reason.”

 

So the thing here is that, in addition to federal laws, gender-based employment discrimination is illegal in Wisconsin under the state’s Fair Employment Act. But in 2012, Walker quietly repealed the state’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which gave the existing equal pay law more teeth. As we’ve seen in the persistence of the pay gap — currently at 75 cents in Wisconsin — despite progress on equal pay laws, legislation banning discrimination often isn’t enough to fix the problem. As the Huffington Post’s Amanda Terkel reported at the time, the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, among its other provisions, allowed women to “plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.” Put simply, this made it easier for women to earn equal pay.“*

 

 

 

Wall Streeters admit how many f**ks they give about inequality

 

Published on Oct 28, 2014

For IN the NOW with Anissa Naouai, The Resident visits the Wall Street area of New York City to see whether or not those working in the financial district care about wealth inequality, corrupt financial instruments, or those affected by their jobs. She also visits Zuccotti Park, the site of Occupy Wall Street, to check in on whether or not anyone is still occupying.

 

 

 

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California agrees to end racial segregation in prisons

 

Published on Oct 28, 2014

California prisons will no longer segregate prisoners based on their race. Although the practice of racial segregation has long been banned in the larger American society for decades, officials in California continued the practice until just last week, believing it lessened the chances for gang violence. Galen Baughman, director of communications of Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), tells RT’s Ameera David, however, why the policy created more problems than positive results.

 

 

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New York Times Bill Clinton Interview: Bill Clinton Says He Had It Worse Than Barack Obama, Yet “HE” Got Things Done.


 

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President Clinton in 1998. He and his aides have compared his effectiveness during his time in office versus President Obama’s. Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

President Clinton in 1998. He and his aides have compared his effectiveness during his time in office versus President Obama’s. Credit J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

I will refrain from commenting on this garbage until the end of this New York Times piece…….

From The New York Times POLITICS:

 

Toxic Partisanship? Bill Clinton Says He Had It Worse, Yet Got Things Done

 

President Obama heads into midterm elections in which he may face crushing losses. He has been spurned by his own party, whose candidates do not even want to be seen with him. The president’s supporters say the toxic atmosphere in Washington has made it impossible for Mr. Obama to succeed.

But there is a counter view being offered by a former Democratic president that as far as personal attacks go, he, Bill Clinton, had it worse. “Nobody’s accused him of murder yet, as far as I know. I mean, it was pretty rough back then,” Mr. Clinton said last month in an interview aired by PBS, when asked about the partisan climate facing Mr. Obama.

Whatever Mr. Clinton’s motivations, his comments, which his former aides frequently refer to when the topic comes up, do not permit Mr. Obama to excuse his legislative setbacks by simply citing hyper-partisanship. As one former White House aide to Mr. Clinton put it: “They impeached our guy.”

The tumult of the Clinton years — including conspiracy theories about the death of Vincent W. Foster Jr., a deputy White House counsel and friend of the Clintons’ from Arkansas who committed suicide in 1993, the investigation into Whitewater, the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment — has come back as Hillary Rodham Clinton inches toward a run for president in 2016.

 

When asked last month what the single biggest misconception about his presidency was, Mr. Clinton told Charlie Rose on PBS, “I think that most people underappreciate the level of extreme partisanship that took hold in ’94.”

Twenty years later, Mr. Clinton has devoted much of his energy to campaigning for Democrats who do not want to be associated with Mr. Obama. At frequent campaign stops across the country, the former president does not talk about who had it worse, but instead emphasizes that polarization and an inability to work together are the cause of the country’s problems.

“Every place in the world people take the time to work together, good things are happening,” Mr. Clinton said this week at a campaign stop in Hazard, Ky., for the Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. “Every place in the world where people spend all their time fighting each other and telling everybody how sorry they are, bad things happen.”

If Mr. Clinton does not explain on the campaign trail how bad things were for him, his Democratic supporters do.

“Everyone looks at Clinton in this hazy glow of, ‘He’s so wonderful,’ ” said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic strategist. “But when he was president, boy, were there a lot of people who went after him in a very personal, some would say dirty, way.”

Even Mr. Clinton’s old rival, Newt Gingrich, a former Republican speaker of the House, said people had a gauzy view of the Clinton years. “Everyone is doing the, ‘Gee, Newt and Bill got things done, why can’t Obama get anything done?’ routine,” Mr. Gingrich said. “Maybe it’s driving Bill nuts.”

The underlying implication is that Mr. Obama does not have it so rough. Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Clinton criticize the current president for being less able or willing than his Democratic predecessor to woo congressional Republicans.

 

Bill Clinton Talks About Partisanship

Mr. Clinton talked to Charlie Rose of PBS about the level of partisanship during his presidency compared with what President Obama is facing now.

Publish DateOctober 24, 2014. Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

 

Trent Lott, the Mississippi Republican who served as Senate majority leader from 1996 to 2001, said Mr. Clinton was “affable” and “approachable,” even toward his political opponents.

“You could talk to him,” Mr. Lott said. “He was also willing to make a deal for the good of the country.” In contrast, he argued, Mr. Obama “has just walked away” — so if Mr. Clinton even tried to give the current president a pass, it “just won’t sell.”

Congressional Republicans, of course, have also refused to reach across the aisle and work with Mr. Obama the way they did in Mr. Lott’s era. The current Congress is on track to become one of the least legislatively productive in recent history. That is partly because Mr. Obama faces a far more polarized electorate than Mr. Clinton did.

Over the past 20 years, the number of Americans who hold extreme conservative or liberal views has doubled from 10 percent in 1994 to 21 percent in 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. And the middle ground has shrunk, with 39 percent of Americans taking a roughly equal number of liberal and conservative positions, compared with 49 percent in 1994.

Mr. Clinton often talks about this polarization and says that while the partisan gridlock is worse today, and the American electorate is less willing to hear arguments it disagrees with, the attacks he faced were more personal than those Mr. Obama has experienced.

In a 2012 interview with The New York Times, Mr. Clinton mentioned the “murder” conspiracy theory in the 1990s, and said of Mr. Obama’s tenure: “Nobody has tried to bankrupt him with bogus investigations, so it’s not quite as bad. But the political impasse has gone on longer.”

“I will certainly not contradict the president I worked for when he argues that it was even more personal then,” said William A. Galston, a former policy adviser to Mr. Clinton. “But the polarization of our official political institutions and our political parties has become even more acute than in the Clinton days,” he added.

Mr. Clinton in 1996 with the House speaker, Newt Gingrich, left, and the Senate majority leader, Trent Lott. CreditJoe Marquette/Associated Press

 

That argument absolves Mr. Clinton of his own part in the scandals of the 1990s, several historians said. “They’re different situations because there were criminal allegations” against Mr. Clinton, said Ken Gormley, the author of “The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr,”about the investigation led by Kenneth W. Starr.

President Obama has attracted a lot of attacks when it’s hard to point to something exactly he has done that warranted them,” Mr. Gormley added.

Some of the venom directed at Mr. Obama has a racial component that Mr. Clinton, a relatable white Southerner, never had to deal with, said Douglas G. Brinkley, a presidential historian and professor at Rice University. “The Clintons created huge problems of their own making,” Mr. Brinkley added, while “Obama’s problem is that he bullheadedly pushed Obamacare, and he happens to be African-American.”

“You can’t get more personal than questioning a person’s veracity for where he was born,” said Mr. Galston, the former Clinton aide, referring to the “birther” conspiracy theories about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate.

Mr. Clinton’s reminders about how bitter things were in Washington when he was in the White House might not be the best message as Mrs. Clinton eyes an attempt at getting back there, as president herself this time.

Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has already seized on the Lewinsky scandal as a way to remind voters that the Clinton years were not just “peace and prosperity,” as Mrs. Clinton often characterized her husband’s presidency during her 2008 presidential campaign.

Mr. Clinton is not the only president who weathered harsh attacks. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, called former President George W. Bush a “liar” and a “loser,” and protesters depicted him as Hitler.

“Every president probably thinks he had it worse than all his predecessors,” said Kenneth L. Khachigian, a Republican strategist who served as a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. “But,” he added, “those of us in the Nixon years would have gladly traded places with Bill Clinton’s White House.”

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President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC – On November 6, 2014, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry.

 

First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.

 

During Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery.  As the Confederate Forces advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery.  During the advance, he was wounded in the abdomen as well as in the right shoulder.  Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire.  With the Confederate Forces within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand.  His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the assault.

 

First Lieutenant Cushing’s cousins, Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III, and families will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

THE MEDAL OF HONOR:

 

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

 

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

 

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

 

 

Vice President Biden to Travel to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Morocco, Ukraine, and Turkey during the week of November 17th, 2014. In Morocco, the Vice President will lead the U.S. delegation to the Fifth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech. In Ukraine, the Vice President will meet with President Poroshenko as well as government and civil society leaders. In Turkey, the Vice President will meet with President Erdogan, Prime Minister Davutoglu, and non-governmental representatives.
More information about the Vice President’s schedule will be forthcoming at a later date.

 

Statements and Releases

 

Statement by the President on Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine

 

FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces New Actions to Further Strengthen U.S. Manufacturing

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Presidential Election in Brazil

 

US President Barack Obama holds his first Twitter Town Hall

President Barack Obama; looking at the week ahead, the president stumps for Democratic governors in blue states, hitting Wisconsin, Maine, Michigan and Connecticut. Obama already made two visits to Chicago in October to bolster Gov. Pat Quinn. On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden hits Illinois again – the second time in a week – to rally voters for Quinn.

 

Today (all times Eastern)

 

12:30: White House Press Briefing

 

3:10: The President departs the White House

 

4:10: Arrives Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

4:35: Attends a DNC roundtable, Umami Moto, Milwaukee (closed press)

 

6:40: Delivers remarks at a campaign rally with Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, North Division High School

 

7:50: Departs Milwaukee

 

10:50: Arrives White House

 

Schedule for the Week of October 27, 2014

 

On Tuesday, the President will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend a DNC roundtable and a campaign event for Mary Burke and other Wisconsin Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Wisconsin will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

On Thursday, the President will travel to Portland, Maine to attend a DNC roundtable and a campaign event for Mike Michaud and other Maine Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Maine will be made available in the coming days. Afterward, the President will travel to the Providence, Rhode Island area, where he will remain overnight.

 

On Friday, the President will deliver remarks at Rhode Island College on the economy and the importance of pursuing policies that help women succeed. Further details on the President’s travel to Rhode Island will be made available in the coming days. Following his remarks, the President will return to Washington, D.C. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will welcome local children and children of military families to trick-or-treat at the South Portico of the White House.

 

On Saturday, the President will travel to the Detroit, Michigan area to attend a campaign event for Gary Peters and Mark Schauer. Further details on the President’s travel to Michigan will be made available in the coming days.

 

On Sunday, the President will travel to Bridgeport, Connecticut for an event with Dan Malloy and other Connecticut Democrats. Afterward, the President will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend a campaign event for Tom Wolf and other Pennsylvania Democrats. Further details on the President’s travel to Connecticut and Pennsylvania will be made available in the coming days.

 

 

Reach Higher with the First Lady on Tumblr and IRL

 

We’re excited to announce that on Monday, November 3, First Lady Michelle Obama will take to Tumblr for the first time to answer your questions on education as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which aims to inspire every student to take charge of their future and complete their education past high school.

Getting a higher education has never been more important, because in today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. That’s why the First Lady is working to rally the country around President Obama’s “North Star” goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

If you’ve got questions about preparing for college or how to pay for it, here’s how you can join the conversation:

Learn more about the First Lady’s initiative and how you can reach higher at WhiteHouse.gov/Reach-Higher, and then ask the First Lady a question on Tumblr before her first-ever Tumblr Q&A on Monday, November 3.

 

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Martin Sheen: We Earned It – Alison Grimes, KY

 

 

 

The Epidemic of Military Rape

 

 

 

Time Wasted: Ebola vaccine created decade ago, undergoes tests only now

 

 

 

Is fear politics dominating the midterms?

 

 

 

Students Pose For Yearbook Photos With Guns

 

 

 

Hands Up Don’t Shoot – Stand Up For Your Rights

 

 

 

Morehouse College – We Shall Overcome

 

 

 

Rush Limbaugh’s Racism

 

 

 

Citizen Koch (Official Trailer)

 

 

 

Texas Rewrites History In Our Children’s Textbooks

 

 

 

Lupita Nyong’o Helps Fight for Preservation Of Virginia Slave-Trade History

 

Protesters interrupt the mayor during a news conference Monday, while he announces a plan to move the Richmond Flying Squirrels to Shockoe Bottom. Critics say the ballpark will desecrate ground where hundreds of thousands of slave were once sold and imprisoned. (Scott Elmquist)

Protesters interrupt the mayor during a news conference Monday, while he announces a plan to move the Richmond Flying Squirrels to Shockoe Bottom. Critics say the ballpark will desecrate ground where hundreds of thousands of slave were once sold and imprisoned. (Scott Elmquist)

 

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Gov. Nixon: Don’t Let Darren Wilson Get Away With Murder. Hold All Officers Fully Accountable In Michael Brown’s Death.


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Sign the Petition to Governor Nixon: Don’t let Darren Wilson get away with murder; secure justice for Michael Brown

 

It’s been nearly two months since officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old, unarmed Black teenager, Mike Brown — and no one has been held accountable. County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch has done everything in his power to avoid holding Wilson accountable, while state Governor Jay Nixon stands idly by.

 

Without a special prosecutor, the Missouri justice system will fail Mike Brown. Police officer Darren Wilson will most likely not be fully disciplined for this brutal murder and could remain on the police force; a danger to Ferguson residents and a stark reminder that the justice system so rarely protects Black victims. But there is still time to change the story in Ferguson.

 

We need widespread public action to increase pressure on Governor Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor right away.

 

McCulloch could have charged Wilson immediately, but chose to convene a grand jury instead. He then refused to recommend charges to the grand jury, a move that discourages jurors from indicting.1 In 23 years as County Prosecutor, McCulloch has not prosecuted a single police shooting.2 Given this shameful history of denied justice, it’s clear that McCulloch is incapable of securing justice for Mike Brown. The world is watching, and the one person with the power to do something is Governor Nixon, who has a responsibility to the Black voters that supported him. It’s time for him to act.

 

On October 22, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a “Ferguson Commission” tasked with studying the “the conditions underscored by the fallout to Brown’s death.” 3 The commission will be made up of experts appointed by the Governor and will have no legislative power to enforce it’s findings on how to create a safer, more just Ferguson. A commission is not enough. The road to addressing the deep seated racism and police violence targeting Black Missourians begins with the arrest and prosecution of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.With a grand jury announcement expected any day, now is a critical time to increase pressure on Governor Nixon and make it clear that he has an obligation and responsibility to restore integrity to Missouri’s criminal justice system.

 

Join us in demanding that Governor Nixon remove McCulloch from this train wreck of a case, and appoint a special prosecutor to take over.

 

Thanks and peace,

ColorOfChange

 

Sign the Petition to Governor Nixon

 

SIGN THE PETITION Please.

 

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BBC Africa: Escaping Boko Haram: How Three Nigeria Girls Found Safety.


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Escaping Boko Haram: How three Nigeria girls found safety

 

The story of three Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram

For six months the world has waited for news of the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. As the Nigerian government insists a deal to release the “Chibok girls” is being negotiated, three girls who escaped their captors have told their story to BBC Hausa.

Lami, Maria and Hajara were at school in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria, when they were kidnapped in April. Best friends Lami and Maria escaped by jumping from the back of a truck. Hajara was taken to a camp but later fled with another girl.

 

To protect the girls’ identity we have portrayed their story as an animation, and provided an edited transcript of their account below.

 

The girls’ names have been changed for their protection.

 

Animation by Luis Ruibal.

 

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Lami: It was Monday night. We had exams the following day. Then we started to hear shootings in the town. So we went out. We phoned our parents to tell them what was happening in the town. They told us to run away when we got the chance. We told them that the town was already surrounded so there was no way we could run.

 

Maria: Lami woke me up saying: “Maria didn’t you hear what’s happening? Haven’t you heard sounds of shooting from the town?”

 

I said we should climb the wall and run away. She said: “No. No-one has run away. We should gather in one place and wait to see what’s going to happen.”

 

Other girls said nothing would happen to us. “We’re girls. They don’t do anything to girls. We should wait and see what God would do.”

 

Lami: We were at the school when suddenly three Boko Haram members entered.

 

They said: “If any of you attempt to leave we’ll kill all of you.” When we went out they were everywhere. They gathered us where we have our school assembly. As we were there they kept burning the school. They burnt everything.

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Hajara: They asked us to get out of the gate, saying that when we were out they would let us go back to our homes. They said whoever did not have a headscarf or shoes should go and get them. They then asked us to climb on to a lorry, on top of the food loaded in it. The lorry was so high that we couldn’t easily climb on.

 

Maria: They said to us: “You’re only coming to school for prostitution. Boko (Western education) is haram (forbidden) so what are you doing in school?”

 

We kept quiet. I think there could have been about 100 Boko Haram members – they were all over the school. They outnumbered us. They took us away in their vehicles. We were sitting on oil drums in the vehicle. Our vehicle was really overloaded. We were saying to one another that we should throw away our shoes and scarves so that if our parents came they would know the road we had taken.

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Hajara: The vehicle became full before I could get on. There were about 100 of us walking. We stopped at one town and people brought us water. I saw one of those who brought us water changed his clothes and joined the Boko Haram men. They then put us in other vehicles.

 

They put the rest in the boots of cars. Some of the Boko Haram members were so small that if I were to grab their necks I could break them. Some couldn’t even carry their guns properly.

 

Maria: We were wondering where we were being taken to. When we entered the vehicle, Lami said to me: “Shouldn’t we jump out of the vehicle here so that we may possibly escape? There are no other vehicles close by.”

 

Hajara: I thought, it’s preferable to have these people shoot me as I run than have them humiliate me. They kept saying to us: “Make sure you put on your scarves. Make sure you put on your scarves. We’ll shoot any girl we see without a scarf. And any girl who jumps out will die.”

 

I was about to jump out when one girl held me back and said they’d shoot me if I did.

 

“What’s the difference,” I said. “Is it not to the same death we’re going? They should shoot me here and let my corpse be collected.”

 

I was crying and praying until we reached the camp.

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Lami: There was a lot of dust on the road, they couldn’t see us. When we jumped out, we started to run. We were running without shoes. We found other people. We started to run away from them thinking they were Boko Haram. But they too had run from the town.

 

Hajara: Boko Haram gathered us in a forest around noon. Some of the girls were tired and were lying down. But I couldn’t lie down. The spirit of God was asking me to go. It was telling me: “Get up and go. Get up and go.”

 

So I went. Another girl followed me. When we were going I saw some of them [Boko Haram members] performing ablutions. We stooped as if we were trying to pull out thorns from our shoes, as if we were just going to wee. We’d walk a little then bend down for a little while as if we were looking for something we’d lost.

 

After walking for a while they couldn’t see us properly since it was forest. We then started to run. After we had run for a short distance, we heard them saying “catch those girls.” We kept running. Whether they came after us not, we didn’t know.

 

Hajara: We kept going and our shoes were ripped. We found a house, where a girl could speak Hausa. Her parents gave us a place to sleep. We reached the Chibok area in the morning. A man looking for a relative among the missing girls drove us on motorbike into town.

 

When I saw my elder and younger brothers, I fell to the ground crying. My mother and father were crying and all members of my family cried. Before I reached home it was as if there was a death in the house. Mats were spread. People were consoling my father and mother thinking that I had died.

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Lami: The people we met said: “Your town is far away. You can’t go there now. Come here and wait until morning when we’ll take you into the town to get transport back home.” We stayed there till morning when they asked us to get up so that we go to the town. We couldn’t walk. Our feet were full of thorns.

 

They said: “Let’s go find a vehicle to take you home.”

 

Maria: The men who helped us took us to Chibok, and I cried. It was the second time that something like that had happened to me. My dad was a pastor; Boko Haram went to our house and killed him. They also shot my mum in the stomach; they gave her 2,000 Naira ($12) to have the bullet.

 

Lami: My parents warmed up water and cared for my feet. I was taken to the hospital and it was two weeks before I could stand up.

 

Maria: I continued to live with the thought that Boko Haram members were coming to get me. I couldn’t sleep.

 

Hajara: I was having nightmares every day. There was even a day when I dreamed that they gathered all of us who fled in one place, and said to us: “You girls have defied us and fled. We’re now going to burn you alive.”

 

I haven’t forgotten about the other girls who are still in the hands of those people. I keep praying for them.

 

Lami: God will never make us meet these people again. And for our sisters who are still in the forest, may God help them. And may the whole world cry out for these girls to get out so that we continue with our education in school again.

 

Maria: They should pray to God to forgive them their sins. I’d also ask them to bring back the girls they have kidnapped because their parents are in distress. Some of the parents of the girls have already died. It was the thought of their girls that killed them.

 

Hajara: God will do what he wills, but I don’t want to look at them because of what they have done to my life. They think they’ve ruined me, but God willing, they haven’t ruined me. I’ll continue with my education.

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 Who are Boko Haram?

 

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  • Founded in 2002
  • Initially focused on opposing Western education – Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden” in the Hausa language
  • Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state
  • Thousands killed, mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – also attacked police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja
  • Some three million people affected
  • Declared terrorist group by US in 2013

 

Who are Boko Haram?

 

Profile: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau

 

Will ‘truce’ with Boko Haram free Chibok girls?

 

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The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign

 

Published on May 9, 2014

All across the globe a campaign has started using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. Be a part of this magnificent effort to bring the kidnapped Nigerian girls home. Make your own sigh and post it on social media today.

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls

 

Published on May 5, 2014

The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Nigeria says his group has started kidnapping women and children as part of its bloody guerrilla campaign against the country’s government, according to a video released Monday. Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls Worldwide Protest

 

Published on May 7, 2014

Images of people the world over weeping and protesting for the return of 276 young girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school. #BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters #276

 

 

 

BBC News100 WOMEN

Who is 100 Women for?

I don’t know her name, because she lives in a remote village in India – or was it Afghanistan? She’s not a politician – nor will she ever be. She does not seek publicity, or wear shoes that cost more than a Bangladeshi worker will earn in 10 years. But hopefully one day she or her daughter will break free from male-dominated society and carve out a living as a small-scale businesswoman.

BBC audience survey

 

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100 Women BBC NEWS

 

BBC News Africa: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Abducts More Women And Girls.

 

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