Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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1 year later, Nigerian girls still missing

LAGOS, Nigeria - On the first anniversary of the kidnapping by Islamic extremists of hundreds of girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said today that he cannot promise to find the 219 who are still missing.

"We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown," Mr. Buhari said in a statement. "As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them."

The statement by Mr. Buhari, a former military ruler of Nigeria who was democratically elected on March 28, is a marked departure from President Goodluck Jonathan, who, after his administration initially denied there had been a kidnapping, made hollow promises that they would be rescued.

But a year after the April 14-15 mass abduction at a school in Chibok, hope has dwindled. Activists are marking the anniversary with a change in their slogan from "Bring Back Our Girls - Now and Alive" to "Never to be Forgotten."

Several dozen girls managed to escape as the kidnappers were taking the hostages to the Sambisa Forest in northeast Nigeria, but 219 remain missing. They may have been split up and some eyewitnesses said some were taken across the border into Cameroon.

Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano dies at 74

MONTEVIDEO - Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, whose "The Open Veins of Latin America" became a classic text for the left in the region and propelled the author to fame, died Monday at age 74.

Mr. Galeano had been ill with lung cancer for several months.

Mr. Galeano's work inspired several generations of Latin Americans with powerful, acerbic descriptions of the continent's exploitation by capitalist and imperialist forces. The writer defined himself as someone who helped rescue "the kidnapped memory" of Latin America, a "despised and beloved land."

No work reflected that more than "Open Veins," published in 1971. In it, Mr. Galeano wrote that Chile with its vast nitrate deposits, Brazil with its abundant rain forests and small Venezuelan towns with oil reserves "had painful reasons to believe in the mortality of fortunes that nature bestows and imperialism usurps. …

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