~~May 8, 2014~~
Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2:55 p.m. EST
For the nearly 300 girls in northern Nigeria kidnapped by Islamic extremists, going to school was a risk worth taking. They were set to become global leaders, teachers or lawyers in a region where only 4 percent of girls complete secondary schooling.
Now, the girls, who were abducted on April 14, are reportedly set to be sold into marriage to militants for $12. Governments, nonprofits and citizen activists are scrambling to help the students, some of whom have reportedly died from snake bites and contracted illnesses, the Associated Press reports.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered military personnel, law enforcement officials and other experts Tuesday to help find the girls, which Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted, according to Agence France-Presse. The offering comes amid global outrage that governments aren’t doing enough to…