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Nigeria: Captured girls 'face rape danger'

The Nigerian schoolgirls who remain captives of Boko Haram militants "definitely" face the danger of being raped, a senior United Nations official has said.

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Brown attacks 'cruel and barbaric' Boko Haram video

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said there will be "worldwide condemnation" at the release of a video which "cruelly and barbarically" uses the 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls as part of an apparent bargain offer.

Mr Brown, who is the United Nations' Special Envoy for Global Education, called on "all religious leaders" to speak out against Boko Haram's "perverted and twisted version of Islam" after the group issued the video. His full statement read:

There will be worldwide condemnation of a new video showing Boko Haram cruelly and barbarically using 200 kidnapped girls to bargain for the release of prisoners and exploiting innocent young girls for political purposes.

It is urgent that all religious leaders in every part of the world speak out against their perverted and twisted version of Islam which involves forced conversions and the sale of girls as sex slaves.

Meeting the Nigerian president in Abuja on Friday I was able to inform him of offers of military help now available from four countries.

Countries around the world are also supporting the Safe Schools Initiative which has been launched to protect other schoolgirls from abduction and kidnap.

– Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education

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