Congressman John Delaney

Representing the 6th District of Maryland
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Delaney Voices Support for State Department Action Against Boko Harem

May 6, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The White House announced today that the United States will send a team of military and intelligence personnel and hostage negotiators to Nigeria to help the Nigerian government find nearly 300 abducted girls.

The terrorist group Boko Harem has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and has threatened to sell the girls into slavery.

Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:

“The actions taken by the Boko Harem have outraged the entire world and represent a shocking violation of any standard of human values. What is happening in Nigeria is a horrendous attack on nearly every essential human right and is a despicable attempt to intimidate a civilian population. 

“This is a time for the United States to lead, and I fully support the White House and the State Department decision to deploy resources to Nigeria. It is utterly right for our government to partner with local authorities to respond to the large scale enslavement of young women and girls. I believe that each and every one of us in Congress is horrified by what has happened in Nigeria.

“These events are also a reminder that the human rights of women are under assault around the globe and that the blows of terrorism, conflict, and war are often felt most acutely by women. We must continue to support policies that protect and empower women around the world.”