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Boko Haram Kidnapping Survivors Meet With Miami Mothers

Town Hall On The Boko Haram Chibok Kidnappings and Child Trafficking Sunday, Aug. 28 and Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

MIAMI – Facing this threat of sexual violence and exploitation, several prominent Miami mothers will meet with survivors of one of the worst mass kidnappings in modern history – the Boko Haram Chibok abductions in Nigeria.

The kidnappings made international headlines in April 2014 when Boko Haram militants abducted 276 girls from their secondary school in Chibok; 218 remain hostages.

The tragedy spurred First Lady Michelle Obama, celebrities and world leaders to speak as part of the #BringBackOurGirls movement. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami, has since initiated a “Twitter war” to campaign for the girls’ freedom.

The featured guests for the two-day Miami event managed to escape their captors and now work to shed light on the international epidemic of human sex trafficking, and slavery.

Miami ranks among the top three cities in the United States for human trafficking.

On Sunday, Aug. 28, Rep. Wilson and former Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson will co-host an intimate brunch at 3 p.m. at Morgan’s Restaurant (28 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137) to kick off the first conversation between Miami mothers, community leaders and the survivors.

To attend the $40 brunch https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bringbackourgirls-boko-haram-kidnapping-survivors-sunday-brunch-tickets-27304352052

Miami Town Hall With Schoolgirls Who Escaped From Boko Haram Terrorists In Nigeria

On Monday, Aug. 29, Attendees will hear from the girls how they are progressing educationally after their abduction during a Town Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami). 

Boko Haram Kidnapping Survivor
Boko Haram Kidnapping Survivor

Panelists, who include Rep. Wilson, international human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe and global media advocate John Yearwood, chairman of the Austria-based International Press Institute and former World Editor of the Miami Herald, will have a candid conversation with the survivors and child trafficking experts.

A limited number of free tickets for the breakfast discussion, which begins at 8:30am., can be reserved through the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722.

Since the beginning of the year, the administration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticized for a lack of action in rescuing the girls. The criticism intensified after Boko Haram released a new video last week showing some of the girls and their captors.

The two events are supported by Yearwood Media, COSMOS, CNN En Español, Circle of One Marketing, Church Street Media, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator and members of the Nigerian community.

For information about either event, contact Suzan McDowell at [email protected].

#BringBackOurGirls #BBOG #WomensRights #Nigeria


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