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Media Release: Statement by UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown

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STATEMENT BY UN EDUCATION ENVOY GORDON BROWN FOLLOWING RESCUE OF 21 KIDNAPPED CHIBOK GIRLS

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, has campaigned for the release of the Chibok girls in Nigeria.

He said today: “The release of 21 kidnapped Chibok girls is a huge relief but still raises the question: Where are the other 200 girls and what has happened to them?

“This Friday marks exactly two and a half years since the girls were abducted from their school dormitory. Most were studying to go on to college or university and to be nurses, doctors, care workers, teachers, lecturers and engineers.

“For those girls rescued today - a rescue for which we should thank the International Red Cross - we do not know how they will readjust but one thing is for certain, their lives have changed for ever.

“Now we must urge authorities and negotiators not to give up until EVERY girl is safely back with their families.”

ENDS

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