Last April, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted from the village Chibok in northeastern Nigeria by an islamist terrorist group in the region BOKO HARAM.
These schoolgirls were staying in school hostel and were preparing for their spring exams when they were kidnapped.
Dozens of girls escaped right after they were kidnapped but still more than 200 girls are missing.
Boko Haram is an islamist terrorist group active in northeastern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The word Boko Haram literally means “western education is forbidden”. This group initially used to have links with Al-Qaeda but now is in support of ISIS or Islamic State.
Boko Haram wants to institute an Islamic Caliphate in Nigeria and is in particular opposed to western-style modern education, which they say lures people away from following Islamic teaching as a way of life.
In a bid to prove their mettle, they abducted 276 schoolgirls aged 16-18 last year and threatened to selling them into slavery.
In support of young girls, the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls helped galvanize international outrage.
It has been a year now, the girls are still missing. Families of these abducted young girls are living out a nightmare; they are left to endure the reality that their daughters are suffering from immeasurable physical as well as mental pain.
On Tuesday, president-elect Muhammadu Buhari said,
“We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown”
He further added,
“As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them.”
World cannot forget them because that will diminish their lives. #BringBackOurGirls-NowAndAlive #NeverToBeForgotten and remember African girls’ lives matter.