News / Africa

Hollande Calls for African Summit on Boko Haram

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during his visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11, 2014.
French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during his visit to Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11, 2014.
VOA News
French President Francois Hollande is calling on African leaders to meet in Paris later this week for a summit on how to deal with Boko Haram.
 
The Islamic extremist group kidnapped more than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls last month in a brazen act of terrorism that has outraged the world.
 
Hollande proposed the summit on Sunday during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan.
 
Some of the girls managed to escape their captors. But Boko Haram is still holding 276. The militants have mocked their parents, threatening to sell the girls on the human trafficking market.
 
One of the girls who escaped, 19-year-old science student Sarah Lawan, described the armed kidnapping as "too terrifying for words."
 
She says she is anguished that more of her classmates "could not summon the courage" to escape.
 
Another victim who fled, a 16-year-old, said men waving AK-47 assault weapons ordered her to cook stolen food before she managed to escape with two other girls.
 
Pope Francis prayed Sunday for the release of the girls, while British Prime Minister David Cameron called the abduction a part of "violent, extremist Islamism" in Nigeria and elsewhere.
 
During a television appearance, Cameron held up the "Bring Back Our Girls" sign seen in protests throughout the world. 
 
The United States and several other countries have sent intelligence and military experts to Nigeria to help look for the girls.
 
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told ABC television Sunday the United States would do all it could to help, but acknowledged "it will be very difficult." He called Nigeria a "vast country." Hagel said the United States has no plans to send troops to Nigeria.

You May Like

Kurdish President: More Needed to Defeat Islamic State

In interview with VOA's Persian Service, Massoud Barzani says peshmerga forces have not received weapons, logistical support needed to successfully fight IS in northern Iraq More

Sierra Leone's Stray Dog Population Doubles During Ebola Crisis

Many dog owners fear their pets could infect them with the virus and have abandoned them, leading to the increase and sparking fears of rabies More

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

New methods for mapping pain in the brain not only validate sufferers of chronic pain but might someday also lead to better treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Frans Kompass
May 12, 2014 3:42 PM
Really Mr Hollande, have you forgotten what has happened much further South of the Equator. Please be consistent in dealing with humanitarian issues in Africa and not merely selective, to be seen taking action.

by: peter from: lagos nigeria
May 12, 2014 7:11 AM
i think this is a great move which the french president hollande has taking to curb insurgency in nigeria called boko haram.this is the rite time the world should help bcos ther are fears living in nigeria now

by: Gary from: United States
May 11, 2014 6:45 PM
Best idea yet try to get all the neighboring countries to squash boko together ,no place to run or hide.

by: Bonnie MacEvoy from: Arcata, CA, USA
May 11, 2014 2:46 PM
The silence is deafening from the leaders of the Islamic population. Where are the clerics to chastise this behavior? To clarify that this is not how Islam works? To call for the release of the young girls? This cowardly and small minded behavior needs to be condemned, yet no high-profile Muslims step forward to do so. One can only conclude such acts are universally supported by this religion.
In Response

by: Jean from: USA
May 12, 2014 7:43 AM
Apparently you haven't read about the condemnation of these acts by the grand mufti in Saudi Arabia or head of Al Azhar in Egypt. Do some research before you spout off.

by: purabi from: mumbai
May 11, 2014 2:29 PM
today is mother's day and my heart goes out to all those mothers whose little princesses are missing. may God give each mother the strength to be patient and the hope that at the end of a dark tunnel there's always light. cheer up mamas the good Lord will surely set your angels free.

by: Shah Shah from: India
May 11, 2014 2:21 PM
It is part of Islam . because they only are slaves not human. If Muslim start respecting non believers problem of terrorism will be solved

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Paini
X
Shelley Schlender
April 20, 2015 7:03 PM
Pain has a purpose - it can stop you from touching a flame or from walking on a broken leg. As an injury heals, the pain goes away. Usually. But worldwide, one out of every five people suffers from pain that lasts for months and years, leading to lost jobs, depression, and rising despair when medical interventions fail or health experts hint that a pain sufferer is making it up. From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
Video

Video New Brain Mapping Techniques Could Ease Chronic Pain

From Boulder, Colorado, Shelley Schlender reports that new methods for mapping pain in the brain are providing validation for chronic pain and might someday guide better treatment.
Video

Video Hope, Prayer Enter Fight Against S. Africa Xenophobia

South Africa has been swept by disturbing attacks on foreign nationals. Some blame the attacks on a legacy of colonialism, while others say the economy is to blame. Whatever the cause, ordinary South Africans - and South African residents from around the world - say they're praying for the siege of violence to end. Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Italy Rescues Migrants After Separate Deadly Capsize Incident

Italy continued its massive search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Monday for the capsized boat off the coast of Libya that was carrying hundreds of migrants, while at the same time rescuing Syrian migrants from another vessel off the coast of Sicily. Thirteen children were among the 98 Syrian migrants whose boat originated from Turkey on the perilous journey to Europe.
Video

Video New Test Set to Be Game Changer in Eradicating Malaria

The World Health Organization estimates 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children under the age of five and pregnant women being the most vulnerable. As World Malaria Day approaches (April 25), mortality rates are falling, and a new test -- well into the last stage of trials -- is having positive results in Kenya. Lenny Ruvaga reports for VOA from Nairobi.
Video

Video Are Energy Needs Putting Thailand's Natural Beauty at Risk?

Thailand's appetite for more electricity has led to the construction of new dams along the Mekong River to the north and new coal plants near the country's famous beaches in the south. A proposed coal plant in a so-called "green zone" has touched off a debate. VOA's Steve Sandford reports.
Video

Video Overwhelmed by Migrants, Italy Mulls Military Action to Stabilize Libya

Thousands more migrants have arrived on the southern shores of Italy from North Africa in the past two days. Authorities say they expect the total number of arrivals this year to far exceed previous levels, and the government has said military action in Libya might be necessary to stem the flow. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Putin Accuses Kyiv of ‘Cutting Off’ Eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual televised call-in program, again denied there were any Russian troops fighting in Ukraine. He also said the West was trying to ‘contain’ Russia with sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports on reactions to the president’s four-hour TV appearance.
Video

Video Eye Contact Secures Dog's Place in Human Heart

Dogs serve in the military, work with police and assist the disabled, and have been by our side for thousands of years serving as companions and loyal friends. We love them. They love us in return. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports on a new study that looks at the bio-chemical bond that cements that human-canine connection.
Video

Video Ukrainian Volunteers Search for Bodies of Missing Soldiers

As the cease-fire becomes more fragile in eastern Ukraine, a team of volunteer body collectors travels to the small village of Savur Mohyla in the what pro-Russian separatists call the Donetsk Peoples Republic - to retrieve bodies of fallen Ukrainian servicemen from rebel-held territories. Adam Bailes traveled with the team and has this report.
Video

Video Xenophobic Violence Sweeps South Africa

South Africa, long a haven for African immigrants, has been experiencing the worst xenophobic violence in years, with at least five people killed and hundreds displaced in recent weeks. From Johannesburg, VOA’s Anita Powell brings us this report.
Video

Video Apollo 13, NASA's 'Successful Failure,' Remembered

The Apollo 13 mission in 1970 was supposed to be NASA's third manned trip to the moon, but it became much more. On the flight's 45th anniversary, astronauts and flight directors gathered at Chicago's Adler Planetarium to talk about how the aborted mission changed manned spaceflight and continues to influence space exploration today. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video Badly Burned Ukrainian Boy Bravely Fights Back

A 9-year-old Ukrainian boy has returned to his native country after intensive treatment in the United States for life-threatening burns. Volodia Bubela, burned in a house fire almost a year ago, battled back at a Boston hospital, impressing doctors with his bravery. Faith Lapidus narrates this report from VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko.
Video

Video US Maternity Leave Benefits Much Less Than Many Countries

It was almost 20 years ago that representatives of 189 countries met at a UN conference in Beijing and adopted a plan of action to achieve gender equality around the world. Now, two decades later, the University of California Los Angeles World Policy Analysis Center has issued a report examining what the Beijing Platform for Action has achieved. From Los Angeles, Elizabeth Lee has more.
Video

Video Endangered Hawaiian Birds Get Second Chance

Of the world's nearly 9,900 bird species, 13 percent are threatened with extinction, according to BirdLife International. Among them are two Hawaiian honeycreepers - tiny birds that live in the forest canopy, and, as the name implies, survive on nectar from tropical flowers. Scientists at the San Diego Zoo report they have managed to hatch half a dozen of their chicks in captivity, raising hopes that the birds will flutter back from the brink of extinction. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Exhibit Brings Renaissance Master Out of the Shadows

The National Gallery of Art in Washington has raised the curtain on one of the most intriguing painters of the High Renaissance. Mostly ignored after his death in the early 1500s, Italian master Piero di Cosimo is now claiming his place alongside the best-known artists of the period. VOA’s Ardita Dunellari reports.

VOA Blogs