May. 3 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calls the kidnapping of nearly 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria ''an unconscionable crime.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the kidnapping of around 200 hundred schoolgirls in Nigeria, as he addressed a youth conference in Ethiopia on Saturday (May 3). Kerry is currently on an African tour to promote democracy and human rights, where he visited Ethiopia and South Sudan and is currently on his way to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola where he will end his trip on May 5. While addressing the conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kerry condemned the girls' abduction from a school in the northeast of the West African country. "Let me be clear: the kidnapping of hundreds of children by Boko Haram is an unconscionable crime and we will do everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes..." he said. Gunmen suspected to be from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on April 14 stormed an all-girls secondary school in the village of Chibok, in Borno state, packed the teenagers onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon. Kerry applauded African development efforts. "When people say 'that kind of development that happened in Europe and Asia can't happen here', we just plain disagree. It's already happening. Africans are shaping their future for themselves. You're shaping it for yourselves and we want to share and do our effort and help to provide and drive for a shared prosperity that reaches these millions of young people who need education and jobs. That's one of the reasons that I've come to Addis today," he said. On Friday (May 2), Kerry visited South Sudan where thousands have been killed and more than one million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted in December between troops backing Kiir and soldiers loyal to Machar, his sacked deputy. The violence, which broke out after a long political rivalry between the two men, quickly spread to areas including the oil-producing north, often along ethnic lines between Kiir's Dinka people and Machar's Nuer.