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US lawmakers, in Nigeria, urge fund for Boko Haram victims

A woman marches for the release of the abducted Chibok school girls in Lagos on May 29, 2014Four US lawmakers visiting Nigeria called on Sunday for a special fund for victims of the Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives and seen the abduction of dozens of schoolgirls. “Today we call upon the government of Nigeria to establish a national victim fund for all the victims who are suffering at the hands of Boko Haram,” delegation co-chair Sheila Jackson Lee told reporters in the capital Abuja. The delegation was in Nigeria as part of global efforts to drum up support for the rescue of the teenage girls kidnapped on April 14 from their school in the northeastern town of Chibok. Lee said the special fund should provide help “for the girls who are still missing, for the girls who escaped, for their families, for the father who came and spoke to us about his missing daughter,” adding that “they need compensation.”

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