News / Africa

    Muslim Reaction to Schoolgirl Abductions Debated

    Muslim Reaction to Schoolgirl Abductions Debatedi
    X
    May 16, 2014 5:09 AM
    The Muslim founder of a women's rights group says the international Muslim community has been slow to express condemnation of the abduction nearly 300 Nigerian school girls. VOA's Pam Dockins has the story.
    Pamela Dockins
    The faces of young girls held captive by Islamist militants have fueled anger and shock around the world and raised questions about why more Muslim leaders have not come forward in their defense.
     
    The CEO of the Cairo-based Karama group, Hibaaq Osman, is among those who feel there has not been enough "noise" in the Muslim community.
     
    "There are absolutely statements here and there, but in terms of really up in arms and going into the streets, we have not seen that,” Osman said.
     
    Her comments came after Boko Haram militants released a video of more than 100 of the captured girls, looking sad and frightened.
     
    She said this could be because the victims are girls who were trying to get an education.
     
    "If we look at women's rights, in general, there is not only just in the Islamic communities, but in many communities, you have major problems with women's rights and people react more slower," Osman said.
     
    During the past five years, Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria with dozens of brutal, deadly attacks. The group says it is fighting to establish strict Islamic law the country's north.
     
    The international community had been relatively silent about the attacks, said Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. But, he added, that's changed.
     
    "The kidnapping of the schoolgirls really woke up the world and woke up ... the Muslim community, as well, to what's going on there," Hooper said.
     
    The girls' plight has spurred a string of protests. Hooper said Muslims are among those who have expressed outrage.
     
    "You have seen Muslim scholars, Muslim organizations and institutions around the world condemning Boko Haram and its actions,” Hooper said.
     
    Boko Haram claims to embrace Islam but Hooper said the militants are trying to "hijack" the religion to advance their cause.

    You May Like

    Video How Aleppo Rebels Plan to Withstand Assad's Siege

    Rebels in Aleppo are laying plans to withstand a siege by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in likelihood the regime cuts a final main supply line running west of city

    Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves in Landmark Discovery

    Researchers likened discovery to difference between looking at piece of music on paper and then hearing it in real life

    Prince Ali: FIFA Politics Affected International Fixtures

    Some countries faced unfavorable treatment for not toeing political line inside soccer world body, Jordanian candidate to head FIFA says

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments page of 2
        Next 
    by: Ibiye from: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
    May 17, 2014 6:06 PM
    They don't care because most of these girls are Christians
    In Response

    by: nice from: usa
    May 17, 2014 10:17 PM
    Not true they have killed hundreds of Muslims and taken them hostage as well. These people are a group, a deviant, sick,drugged out, well funded group that is hated by the local Muslim population. What can they do?The military can't even do anything about them.

    by: Rev. Joyce from: Cleveland
    May 17, 2014 5:36 PM
    I can not imagine the feeling of these girls, as well as their families. Sadness has to fill one's heart to know that these girls have been taken and they/we are uncertain about there futures.
    I ask us as people to pray for the safety of these girls to be returned to their families. I know we can pray and ask God for favor. This is no longer current news but this should remain in our hearts and minds daily. Please PRAY

    by: Ray from: North Carolina
    May 17, 2014 4:39 PM
    They are one and the Terrorists are all approved, signed sealed and delivered. Where does the $ come from ?
    In Response

    by: ali baba from: new york
    May 17, 2014 8:02 PM
    they a lot of money from Arab Countries and their bodies in United state And Europe

    by: carol from: Texas
    May 17, 2014 4:13 PM
    For those who ask why other Muslims haven't been making a big scene. Perhaps they don't wish to be targeted and killed. How many Christians are doing something about the protesters from Westboro church? And they aren't even life threatening.

    by: Ben Ari from: Philadelphia
    May 17, 2014 1:45 PM
    No protests by Muslims? What's the surprise? The majority are at least passive supporters of Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and other such 'extremist' groups. These groups are only 'extreme' to you in the West. To the average Muslim, they serve at least some of their aspirations. That's why they view the 'PC' West as such easy marks. You make Muslims out to be what you want them to be.

    Good luck with that.

    by: George Collin from: Washington DC
    May 17, 2014 1:28 PM
    #1, consider the source: VOA is a CIA whore, #2 ,show independent proof that Boko even exist as a Nigerian group and show us independent proof that the girls were even taken! (Something fishy about those pictures), and at the end of the day, it's a Nigerian problem, and they don't seem to be as concerned as Michelle.

    by: mike
    May 17, 2014 1:15 PM
    "those who feel there has not been enough "noise" in the Muslim community"

    just like with 9/11...that is because the muslim community approves of these actions...islam is a fake religion...a cheap copy of judeo-christian religions

    by: Wlm Woosley
    May 17, 2014 12:44 PM
    I can see them not finding the plane almost? But if I were looking for the children there are a few ways I would go about it. First I would look at the food source= They have to eat and will need more with the addition of the children. Secondly I would use a sniffer like they used in Nam. That picks up the smell from pee-pee☻ I bet their government knows where they are and just trying to get some kind of aid or something/ Hope I'm wrong!

    by: Olu from: New York
    May 17, 2014 8:14 AM
    Nigeria is more like South Korea and North Korea but blessed with resources

    Nigeria is almost evenly divided between majority Christains in the South and majority muslims in the North. The The difference between both is like day (South ) and night (North). The northerners only care for their own personal cause and do not care about their people walking about without jobs, medical needs!!! The infrastructure is shit compared to the South as well.

    The country would be better off divided but the Northerners are too afraid for that to happen because the money will be gone and will ultimately die of hunger!!

    Sadly Goodluck Jonathan does not care about the people in the North!! Reason? They have officials, governors, monarchs raking in billions of dollars per month but instead of taking care of their people and creating jobs, fix their borders they'll rather waste all of that on a their personal needs, vacation, pilgrimage to Dubai/saudi arabia or anywhere ass awaits them!!

    The fact of the matter is the Northern officials in Nigeria are simply too corrupt to speak out against those animals in their yard then you need to question whose side they're on.

    And if anything dare happen to the girls then Hillary Clinton should be prosecuted for failing the Nigerian government when they called for assistance in intel, The International amnesty should be disbanded for calling out the Nigerian military for ''human rights violation'' when hundreds of school children were burnt to death in their schools 4 years ago!!! And several thousands were killed at their expense.

    In Response

    by: Gary Zimmer from: Federal Way
    May 18, 2014 3:03 AM
    bastetsmom --you have spoken wisdom. It is time for these types of issues to become INTERNATIONAL problems. The US cannot step into every problem area on earth.....there are too many! Where are the Muslims and why are they not resolving ....or at least SPEAKING out against this terrorism??? If we had Christians within the U.S. kidnapping 10 children ...not to speak of hundreds....do you think our country would be seized with inertia...frozen in place...incapable of action...wringing our hands...asking mama...what do we do.....Muslims ....most of us respect your right to worship as you please ...but, does Boko Horam act and speak FOR YOU...gather, step forward and clean house....
    In Response

    by: bastetsmom from: USA
    May 17, 2014 1:43 PM
    Hilary Clinton should be prosecuted? May I ask why you think any American should help the Nigerian government when you just described how corrupt they are? Get over the idea that America is responsible for outrageous behavior all over the world. We are tired of spending thousands of lives and billions of dollars trying to help, only to be pilloried for our efforts and see even worse outcomes than before we went in.

    by: steve p from: san francisco, ca
    May 17, 2014 2:03 AM
    Has the U.N. deemed this situation a loss? It's been over one month, and really no progress. The Nigerian President has been seen on the internet, and I must say those photos look a bit "clownish". Is anyone in Nigeria thinking of a rapid vote for a new President?
    Comments page of 2
        Next 

    By the Numbers

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    NATO to Target Migrant Smugglersi
    X
    Jeff Custer
    February 11, 2016 4:35 PM
    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video US Co-ed Selective Service Plan Stirs Controversy

    Young women may soon be required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System, the U.S. government agency charged with implementing a draft in a national emergency. Top Army and Marine Corps commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee recently that women should register, and a bill has been introduced in Congress requiring eligible women to sign up for the military draft. The issue is stirring some controversy, as VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.
    Video

    Video Lessons Learned From Ebola Might Help Fight Zika

    Now that the Ebola epidemic has ended in West Africa, Zika has the world's focus. And, as Carol Pearson reports, health experts and governments are applying some of the lessons learned during the Ebola crisis in Africa to fight the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Illinois Voters Have Mixed Emotions on Obama’s Return to Springfield

    On the ninth anniversary of the launch of his quest for national office, President Barack Obama returned to Springfield, Illinois, to speak to the Illinois General Assembly, where he once served as state senator. His visit was met with mixed emotions by those with a front-row seat on his journey to the White House. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Heated Immigration Debate Limits Britain’s Refugee Response

    Compared to many other European states, Britain has agreed to accept a relatively small number of Syrian refugees. Just over a thousand have arrived so far -- and some are being resettled in remote corners of the country. Henry Ridgwell reports on why Britain’s response has lagged behind its neighbors.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Jordanian Theater Group Stages Anti-Terrorism Message

    The lure of the self-styled “Islamic State” has many parents worried about their children who may be susceptible to the organization’s online propaganda. Dozens of Muslim communities in the Middle East are fighting back -- giving young adults alternatives to violence. One group in Jordan is using dramatic expression a send a family message. Mideast Broadcasting Network correspondent Haider Al Abdali shared this report with VOA. It’s narrated by Bronwyn Benito
    Video

    Video Civil Rights Pioneer Remembers Struggle for Voting Rights

    February is Black History Month in the United States. The annual, month-long national observance pays tribute to important people and events that shaped the history of African Americans. VOA's Chris Simkins reports how one man fought against discrimination to help millions of blacks obtain the right to vote
    Video

    Video Helping the Blind 'See' Great Art

    There are 285 million blind and visually impaired people in the world who are unable to enjoy visual art at a museum. One New York photographer is trying to fix this situation by making tangible copies of the world’s masterpieces. VOA correspondent Victoria Kupchinetsky was there as visually impaired people got a feel for great art. Joy Wagner narrates her report.