Pelosi Remarks at Press Conference on Missing Chibok Girls

Apr 14, 2016
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill/Evangeline George, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks today at a press conference recognizing the two-year mark since the kidnapping of 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Thank you very much, Congresswoman [Frederica] Wilson.  You are the jewel.  You are the one who has brought us together over and over again – thank you so much – and to bring us together now on the two year anniversary in a bipartisan way to remember the girls.

“It is quite a remarkable thing – I saw on TV this morning that they had interviews with some of the girls and I know Saa is with us today.  We have to be very, very hopeful.  This is a solemn occasion for us.  We are all probably going to address a similar point: how important it is for the girls to know that they are not forgotten; that on a regular and almost daily basis, they are remembered in the Congress of the United States under the leadership of a very special person, Frederica Wilson – a persistent, impatient, dissatisfied, relentless advocate for their release.

“And I’m just going to quote one other leader and yield back because we have so many people who I’m honored to be with here today, and that is Malala’s statement.  Malala said this, and it applies here.  She said – Malala’s the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and as you know, she survived an assassination attempt in Pakistan for her advocacy for educating girls.  She said: ‘When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.’

“We are shattering that silence under your leadership, Frederica.  We must and we will bring back the girls.  Thank you, Frederica.”   

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