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Archbishop of Canterbury's fears for kidnapped Nigerian girls

By Helen William

The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic extremists Boko Haram are at "colossal risk," according to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

For the Nigerian government to install an effective plan to try to stop further terrifying attacks is "infinitely more complicated than say Northern Ireland, where it took us a very long time," he claimed.

The Archbishop is familiar with Nigeria's political and social landscape because he spent two years in talks with violent groups over a dispute in the Niger Delta. He also met one of the groups that was a forerunner of Boko Haram.

He said: "They [the schoolgirls] are in the hands of a very disparate group which is extremely difficult to deal with. It is a huge concern and it is wonderful this global campaign has got going to support them."

The world has been shocked that 276 girls could be captured, potentially sold into slavery and still be missing nearly a month later.

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