World
Vatican appeals for kidnapped schoolgirlsPublish Date: May 09, 2014
Vatican appeals for kidnapped schoolgirls
  • mail
  • img
The Vatican has voiced its "compassion" and "horror for the physical and spiritual suffering". PHOTO/AFP
newvision

VATICAN CITY - The Vatican on Thursday appealed for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, voicing its "compassion" and "horror for the physical and spiritual suffering".

'Boko Haram' means 'Western education is forbidden'.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi condemned the "terrorists" and said it was "the latest of the horrible acts of violence that have characterised the activity of this group in Nigeria for a long time".

"The total lack of respect for life and for human dignity, including for the most innocent, vulnerable and defenceless people demands an extremely firm condemnation," Lombardi said on Vatican radio.

"This evokes compassion filled with sadness for the victims, horror for the spiritual and physical suffering and for the incredible humiliations that they are being subjected to," Lombardi said.

World powers, including the United States and China, have joined in the search for the kidnapped girls and Nigerian police have offered $300,000 (215,000 euros) for information leading to their rescue.

Boko Haram militants have killed thousands of people in the country's northeast in a five-year insurgency across Africa's most populous country and top economy.

AFP


RELATED STORY

Malala: abducted Nigerian girls are my sisters

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants
President Barack Obama meets Friday with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border....
More than 50 UK Catholic priests defrocked for sex abuse
More than 50 Roman Catholic priests in England and Wales have been defrocked for sex abuse since 2001, the Church's child protection watchdog revealed...
West Africa Ebola death toll
The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, says WHO....
First images emerge of Air Algerie crash site
The first images of the Air Algerie crash site in Mali emerged Friday, showing a stark terrain littered with bits of a plane that appears to have been pulverised on impact....
Tourist shot dead in Kenya was German
KENYAN police said Friday a female tourist shot dead in the coastal city of Mombasa was from Germany, the second such killing of a foreign visitor by gunmen there this month...
Al Shabaab commanders killed in AU offensive
AFRICAN Union troops in Somalia said they had killed two "senior" commanders of the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, in the latest push...
Should government review powers of kings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter