Robert F. Smith, investment tycoon and the second richest African American has offered to sponsor the education of the girls who escaped from Boko Haram in Nigeria. Some of the girls could not go back to school because there were no funds to pay for their education.
It has been 588 days since the school girls were abducted in April last year by Boko Haram terrorists who stormed their secondary school in the town of Chibok in Borno state, kidnapping 276 girls.
The plight of the abducted girls and the fifty-seven who managed to escape appears to have been largely forgotten.
Struck by the plight of the girls the founder, chairman and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners resolved to play his part. The billionaire pledged to “cover their expenses for as long as they needed it”.Reports suggest that the girls who managed to escape have been left “traumatised and ostracised, they had then been largely left to their own devices, bar a handful sought out by aid workers”.
According to Dr. Margee Ensign, vice chancellor of AUN, in April this year about 46 Chibok girls who escaped wanted to attend the school, but there were no funds to pay for their education, Atlanta BlackStar reported.
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