Rep. Frederica Wilson Meets with Nigerian Schoolgirls Who Escaped Boko Haram

Rep. Frederica Wilson Meets with Nigerian Schoolgirls Who Escaped Boko Haram


Despite a change in the news cycle that has featured ISIS, Ray Rice and Ferguson, Miami Congresswoman Frederica Wilson fights to keep the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls in the news.

After the kidnappings, Wilson spearheaded a bill to denounce Boko Haram.

Wilson also flew to Nigeria to meet parents of the girls. This week on Capitol Hill — Rep. Wilson met with three girls who escaped Boko Haram.  Over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls remain in captivity.

“Boko Haram has the potential to explode any day, like ISIS,” Wilson said in a statement. “Now we have major international crises to deal with in Iraq. The international community must not let this terror continue. We still tweet daily, #bringbackourgirls, for the safe return of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls.”

“They’ve experienced unspeakable horrors that no child should ever have to endure just because they want and deserve an education.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke