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Activists appeal to US Embassy to give Chibok Escapee a Student Visa

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A group of activists are appealing to the US Embassy to grant a student visa to Hauwa John, a Chibok escapee. Hauwa was one of the girls kidnapped from a secondary school in Chibok. She miraculously escaped the clutches of Boko Haram. Sadly, many of your friends and schoolmates are still missing.
Hauwa featured in a CNN interview at the height of the media attention surrounding the #BringBackOurGirls movement – Watch Here.

Hauwa’s  relocation to the US has been facilitated by the Nigerian NGO – Education Must Continue Initiative

We received this message from a member of the group regarding Hauwa;

Please help raise awareness on the plight of Hauwa John, the first Chibok girl to jump and escape from Boko Haram on the night of April 14, 2014 after abduction from Government Secondary School, Chibok.

She and several other girls obtained scholarships to school in the US and applied for student visas. Hauwa is the only one who was denied a visa by the US embassy in Abuja three times.

Hauwa has been denied a student visa 3 times for some inexplicable reason even though the embassy is aware she is a Chibok abduction escapee. As such she has been unable to join some of the other Chibok escapee girls currently schooling in the US. She was also recently denied a US visa to attend a side event on education at the UN General Assembly in New York in September.

The other escapee girls in the US have made a plea to the US ambassador to Nigeria to give Hauwa a visa. Here is the link

There is also an online petition which is petitioning the Obama administration to give Hauwa John a visa. We need 100,000 signatures before November 14, 2015 .

We are sure the US Embassy has their reasons, however, the trauma these girls have gone through is immense. If going to the US will give them access to therapy and educational opportunities, it is worth pursuing.

Education Must Continue Initiative is working with some of the escaped girls to ensure they return back to school either in Nigeria or, for a few, in the US. Education Must Continue Initiative is also working to ensure thousands of students caught up in the insurgency and who have been out of school for three years can continue schooling in IDP camps.

Several Chibok girls are in schools on scholarships. The group is currently looking for scholarships for 2 girls who have received admission to two US universities. A crowd-funding appeal has been launched at https://www.gofundme.com/rux936pg

Here is a list of Chibok girls. It is so heartbreaking that many are still not back home.

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18 Comments

  1. oversabi

    October 25, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    My question is why should she be given a visa on the premise of being a Chibok girl as opposed to she has found admission and a scholarship or sponsor and wants to come and study here? Before you know it, being a Chibok girl will become a reason to seek asylum.

    • BellaNaija.com

      October 25, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Based on the information received, she has a scholarship. Other girls who were awarded the same scholarship have obtained visas and are studying in the USA, she is the only one who was refused from her group.

      However, there may be missing facts which could shed light on why she was singled out for visa refusal.

    • oversabi

      October 25, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      Perhaps there is negative intel about her. She can go to Ghana, South Africa, and other places with the scholarship she has or perhaps seek out new sponsorship if the one she has is tied to the school she has admission to. She does not have to go to America. Sometimes, refusal can be a blessing. Maybe your destiny can only manifest if you don’t go to America. America is not all that!

  2. Bvl

    October 25, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Must she study in the US? what happened to other states in Nigeria.. Not hating just my thoughts

    • ATL's finest

      October 26, 2015 at 12:01 am

      @ BVL, she must not study in the USA before after all this trauma, why will she study in Nigeria? Her safety is important as well .. Beside, she’s the only one not granted of which it’s unfair. So everyone deserves to happy once in their life time. Let’s just keep her in our prayers. Their families & them have been they A LOT don’t you think??:)

    • TrueTalk

      October 26, 2015 at 1:44 am

      Exactly my point. Just as Bvi said dont we have good universities in Nigeria where Nigeria govt can sponsor her. She needs rehabilitation and good education she can get it here. Must we continue to embarrass ourselves in the eyes of the whole world. Haba!

    • The Bull

      October 26, 2015 at 5:34 am

      if she has the chance to leave for the US, why shouldn’t she leave? if pleading with them will get her the visa fine. after this country has beaten her black and blue, can you blame her.

    • ATL's finest

      October 26, 2015 at 7:12 am

      @ The bull & Word thanks guys! Can u imagine anyone in their right mind will suggest Nigeria. That’s so mean & ridiculous in my own opinion. And talking of embarrassing ourselves in front of the world FYI, we have been humiliating ourselves since 1960 so it ain’t gonna stop anytime soon…

    • Word

      October 26, 2015 at 6:00 am

      You are hating. What is wrong with studying in thed .U.S.? Other countries to it!

  3. iLookDope.com

    October 25, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Ah ah….she should be granted a visa na….must there be ojoro in everything “NIGERIA” ???

  4. anonymous

    October 25, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    If there’s a reason she was denied out of the lot, then there has to be a very good reason for it. Could she have failed to pass some kind of requirement which may or may not include blood work, considering what she’s been through. This in itself could be a compelling reason. I could be wrong of course.

  5. E.A

    October 25, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Honestly do feel for the girls but why did any of them receive scholarship. There are millions of others Nigerians that could also equally qualify, at least this scholarship should be in the country. I understand that they might be poor, but what about the millions of others in different region of Nigeria. Sigh all of this also shows how messed up our country is currently in ?

  6. aikay

    October 26, 2015 at 12:52 am

    This US embassy people sef too dey do shakara but I no blame dem sha cos nah we dey fall our hand for where dem dey. Pls will it be out of place for this girls to study in some of the best schools in Nigeria OR is our educational system not good enough for them again afterall they were in a govt sch when they were abducted.

  7. ATL's finest

    October 26, 2015 at 2:45 am

    @ BN why are U sipping on my comment? Release it

  8. Mo

    October 26, 2015 at 5:29 am

    The girls sent to the US were especially vulnerable after escape. In some cases they were re-traumatized by their communities by being labelled Boko Haram wives. For some, the Chibok incidence was not the first time they were being threatened out of school by a Boko Haram attack, but nevertheless they remain adamant that they will complete their education. In the US also, the girls are able to obtain critical and professional psycho-social counselling to help overcome the shock of their experience.

    None of the girls are seeking asylum and do not plan to either. All the girls were vetted by the Chibok community association before being recommended for scholarships to ensure there were no fake girls.

    Though the girls have received scholarships, they still need funds for day-to-day expenses and other incidentals. as well as for university tuition.

    • Jo!

      October 26, 2015 at 7:43 am

      sensible explanation. Never quite thought about it like this

  9. who cares

    October 27, 2015 at 5:28 am

    something just don’t add up. I swear is not adding up. why even going to US ? are there no more schools in Nigeria? they can be rehabilitated in SW,SS, and any part of Nigeria that is distal to Borno. this are girls that cannot speak ordinary pidgin english ooo. I doubt this chibok girls issue self. my pple can do anything to destroy other.

  10. Tima

    June 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    The immigrant visa number allows you to apply for permanent resident status. If you are outside the U.S. when a visa number becomes available, go to the nearest U.S. consulate to complete the paperwork. If you are a foreign national without U.S. family ties, your employer can sponsor you for a green card.

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