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May 5th, 2014
09:43 PM ET

What's next for hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls?

The words are appalling, and they are sparking outrage around the world. A man who says he is a leader of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram is threatening to sell some 200 young Nigerian girls taken at gunpoint from their school. The U.S. State Department says the video appears to be legitimate. There is a worldwide campaign going on right now that’s working to secure their freedom. How did their ordeal begin? What if anything can be done to help them now? Vlad Duthiers reports from Nigeria.

Anderson discussed this tragic situation with Vlad Duthiers and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. idefected

    As long as humans have walked this earth evil men and women have existed. They are successfully fulfilling thier personal agendas because good people don't or can not stand against them. I sincearly hope that governments are doing something, just not publicly anouncing it due to security and not wishing to expose to these vile people the plans for getting these girls back.

    May 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
  2. jghornjr

    How do you know that nothing is being done? Transparency in military and intelligence operations is not just overrated, but often disastrous. – Imagine the President saying "Yes Anderson, we will be sending 50 SEALs into the village of Ngbo tomorrow evening at 9 PM GMT." Boko Haram would move the girls immediately, and booby trap the town so a mouse couldn't move without setting off and IED.
    For those talking about sending the troops – two issues. One is that without good intelligence (acquired without publicity) we are just putting troops in harm's way without any prospect of success.
    Second, the first casualty, ours or a civilian, will create an instant movement to bring the troops home.
    By all means send in troops, if we can identify a target which is suitable for attack, until then keep working out of the public eye.

    May 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm |
  3. clstine11

    It doesn't seem to me like anything is being done! Every decent country should supply troops to go after these evil men!

    May 6, 2014 at 12:20 am |

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