Women protest in Lagos over the missing girls abducted by Islamist rebels Boko Haram.  (Photo Credit: Google Images)
Women protest in Lagos over the missing girls abducted by Islamist rebels Boko Haram.
(Photo Credit: Google Images)
The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs will be holding a hearing today.#BringBackOurGirls: Addressing the Threat of the Boko Haram will feature testimony by four witnesses:

The Honorable Robert P. Jackson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State For African Affairs
Department of State
Washington, DC

The Honorable Earl Gast
Assistant Administrator For African Affairs
U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington, DC 

Ms. Alice Friend
Principal Director For African Affairs
Department of Defense
Washington, DC

Ms. Lantana Abdullahi
Project Manager
Search for Common Ground
Jos, Nigeria

Lantana Abdullahi is a Nigerian peace-builder, trainer, mediator and women’s activist who has worked with Search for Common Ground as a Project Manager in northern Nigeria since 2010.  Lantana’s SFCG portfolio includes interfaith violence prevention and community reconciliation programs in Plateau State and working to bring together civil society groups, with the government and security forces to document and prevent human rights abuses in the North-Central and North-East regions.  SFCG has worked extensively with Christian and Muslim teen-age girls, to raise their voices, reduce the risk of violence, and inspire the next generation of Nigerian leadership. In response to the Chibok abductions, Lantana’s team has been working with Muslim and Christian teen-age girls to speak out and take action in favor of peace through a series of popular radio programs.  

Today’s testimony will stream from this website:

This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of the award-winning news site The Burton Wire, which covers news of the African Diaspora. Follow her on Twitter @Ntellectual.

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