Kidnapping in Nigeria is a major problem faced in the country. The government has been trying to solve this problem, and for the last few years, there has been great progress in this direction. Nonetheless, the most scandalous kidnapping case is not closed. “Bring Back Our Girls” – there is no person in the world who did not hear this cry! What happened to them? Continue reading to find out!
Bring Back Our Girls Campaign – Origins
In 2014, the Chibok Secondary School was sacked by Boko Haram. Terrorists abducted 276 girls from the school. They were just preparing for their final exams when the armed militants stormed the school.
This incident sparked the international outcry to save the girls. The international Bring Back Our Girls Campaign reached all continents and was supported by many international leaders. This incident with child kidnapping in Nigeria has become a major problem for both past and current Nigerian presidents.
Almost four years later and 195 girls are still missing. What happened with the girls all these years? How did it affect Nigeria and the world? Let's take a look at the chronicles of this tragedy.
The Emergegence of Boko Haram
Boko Haram became a fully deadly militant group in 2009. The group regularly attacked civilians in Northern Nigeria.
They believe that it'the primary evil for all Nigerians. In 2013, their reign of terror in Northern grew to unbelievable state, that, President Goodluck Jonathan had to declare a state of emergency in some Northern states.
The Abduction – April 14, 2014
On April 12, 2014, Boko Haram fighter attacked a small village in the Borno's State of Nigeria. They destroyed and ruined a lot of houses, but their main target was the school. There were hundreds of girls from 16 to 18 years’ old who where preparing for examinations.
The terrorists kidnapped 276 girls from their dormitories and transported them like slaves to a fortress. Shortly after the abduction, 57 girls’ bravery escaped the slavery of Boko Haram. Nonetheless, 219 girls remained in captivity.
First words from the President – May 4, 2014
This scandalous kidnapping in Nigeria couldn't stay without notice. The government waited for three weeks before giving the official recognition of the problem. President Jonathan announced that no matter where the girls were, they would surely get them out. This announcement was made on May 4, 2014.
Slave Trade – May 5, 2014
The leader of Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau responded to the announcement of the president of Nigeria. The leader of the terrorists was proud of their recent kidnapping in Nigeria and threatened to sell the girls as brides for $12 each.
Hashtag Campaign – May 2014
The kidnapping in Nigeria sparked a wave of the hashtag on Twitter with international condemnation of the terrorists’ actions. The main hashtag of the campaign was #BringBack our girls. A lot of celebrities and world leaders supported the campaign. Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai, and David Cameron were some the most prominent individuals who showed their support for the campaign.
Nigerian Military Fail – May 2014
The Nigerian Chief of Defence claimed that the army knew where the girls were held but did not act because of the fear of getting them into the crossfire. On the other hand, the Amnesty International reported that the Nigerian Military knew about the planned abduction but did nothing to prevent it.
Missed Opportunity – Mid 2014
The British Royal Force provided the information about the supposed place of holding the girls. It even provided the information to Nigerian army, but the last one refused to accept the help.
Muhammadu Buhari as a new chief of command – March 2015
Muhammadu Buhari won the elections in Nigeria. At his inauguration speech, he claimed that Nigeria wouldn't rest until Boko Haram is defeated and Chibok girls are saved.
Boko Haram retreats – late 2015
The Nigerian Military managed to push back Boko Haram Group in 2015. Nonetheless, despite taking back a large portion of the territory under the control of Nigerian Federal Forces, the girls were still in the hands of kidnappers.
Signs of Hope – April 2016
In 2016, Boko Haram group released the video showing more than a dozen girls alive. Therefore, it was the first sight of hope of the missing girls in two years.
The First Escape – May 18, 2016
Civilians found Amina Ali Nkeki. She was 21-years-old girl found in Sambisa Forest. Amina was identified as one of the Chibok girls. Shortly after her escape, the military reported about the second rescued Chibok girl. Nonetheless, her identity was not confirmed.
Help is needed – August 8, 2016
Boko Haram published another video where one of Chibok girls announced that the Military killed her friends. She also urged the government to release Boko Haram members in return for the girls’ freedom.
Negotiations – October 2016
The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss Government managed to help to release twenty-one, Chibok girls. The government of Nigeria denied any claims that the girls were released in return of the imprisoned terrorist leaders.
Bring Back Our Girls Campaign today
Two more Chibok girls were rescued in January 2016. For today, it brought down the total girls remaining in captivity to 195. What was the punishment for kidnapping in Nigeria? We hope that the Nigerian army will bring back our girls! Let's pray for the girls still in captivity!
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