Canberra prayers for kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

Symbolic ceremony

St Clare's College in Griffith has become yet another Canberra all-girls' school to do something symbolic to express hope for, and solidarity with, the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, reports The Canberra Times.

A bracing breeze whistled through the grounds of St Clare's on Wednesday afternoon. It played with the white ribbons dangling from a tree (that already had white ribbons tied around its trunk) and picked up from a lectern and tossed away the notes from which Mr S Dauda, a minister from the Nigerian embassy, was speaking to his audience of 80 students.

St Clare's became yet another Canberra all-girls' school (Merici College set the pace some days ago) to do something symbolic to express hope for, and solidarity with, the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.

The horror of it has a special, nightmarish resonance for the schoolgirls of the world. College captain Rosemary Georgelin – welcoming Mrs Olukanni, wife of the Nigerian ambassador, and Mr Dauda – noted that the kidnapped girls were about her own age and at the moment of their capture had been doing just what Australian schoolgirls like her are doing at school every day at this time of year, getting ready for exams.

Mr Dauda, slightly built and dark-suited, spoke from notes but with solemn conviction, wondering if we knew that the name of the kidnappers' organisation, Boko Haram, 'literally stands for opposition to education.'

Photo: Mrs Olukanni, wife of the Nigerian ambassador in Canberra, at St Clare's College for a service to pray for the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls

FULL STORY Gang-gang. Prayers for the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls (The Canberra Times)