ABDUCTED CHIBOK GIRLS: What Chimamanda Adichie Has To Say About Foreign Assistance

Renowned writer, Chimamanda Adichie has shared her opinion on the intervention of the international countries assisting in the rescue misssion of the abducted Chibok school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14.


Chimamanda Adichie

The award-winning Nigerian writer while speaking recently at the 2014 Hay Festival for Literature and Arts in Wales said:

“Now we have American drones helping us in this forest and even the French have sent in people – shouldn’t they be fixing their own economy? We can solve our own damn problems. I’m sure that there are hunters in that area who know that forest very well. Why haven’t they been used? Why aren’t we depending on them? What we need is a better equipped military, a better trained military. We don’t need Americans to send people in” she said.

She also spoke on the international campaign the news of the school girls abduction got saying:

“It was very much a grassroots social media Nigerian campaign. The fact that westerners are sharing in something started locally is fine with me. I recognize that the campaign made a difference. People paid attention and then the (Nigerian) government had to sit up a little bit.” she added

It was reported on May 21 that spokesman at the U.S. military’s Africa command in Germany, Chuck Prichard disclosed 
that the United states deployed 80 Air force personnel in Chad on the rescue mission of the missing girls.

Meanwhile President Jonathan who planned on visiting Chibok, Borno state on May 16 was stopped by the US, France and Isreal who are currently part of the international countries assisting to rescue the girls describing the trip as “ill-advised and contemptuous”.

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