Amnesty International reported on Wednesday that 109 women remain missing for eight years after the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram abducted 276 mostly Christian schoolgirls from a public secondary school in the village of Chibok in northeast Nigeria. .
“On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from a high school in Chibok. … Some of the girls managed to escape, while others were released following campaign efforts and government negotiations. Despite efforts to free all the students, 109 of the girls remain in captivity and at least 16 have been killed,” Amnesty International reported April 13.
Imagining the possible fate of the 109 women still missing after they were abducted from Chibok eight years ago, Nigeria Leadership newspaper wrote the following on April 14:
It is believed that among the horrors they faced at the hands of violent criminals, many of them were married to terrorists while others may have been sold into slavery, as claimed by the former Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in one of his videos.
Alarmingly, in our view, everything about the Chibok girls has gone silent and there is no indication that government detectives are still working to find them and rescue them from their current dire situation.
Great Britain Independent The newspaper reported on April 14 that many relatives of the still-missing Chibok girls believed the Nigerian federal government had “lost interest in their plight.”
Boko Haram jihadists stormed the government secondary school for girls in Chibok on April 14, 2014. The terrorists forcibly seized 276 mostly Christian schoolgirls between the ages of 12 and 17 in the dormitories overnight and took loaded the teenage girls into trucks outside the building. Boko Haram then led the girls to the organization’s historic hideout and stronghold in nearby Sambisa Forest. Some of the abductees escaped during the journey to Sambisa Forest. Others managed to escape their captors in the weeks, months and even years that followed.
Boko Haram established itself in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, which includes both Chibok and Sambisa Forest, around 2009. Since then, the group has waged a jihadist insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. east of Nigeria with the stated aim of establishing an Islamic caliphate in West Africa. To this end, Boko Haram has carried out mass kidnappings and massacres not only in northeastern Nigeria, but also in the neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
The term “Boko Haram” loosely translates to “Western education is prohibited”. The Islamic terrorist organization has specifically targeted schools over the past decade as part of an effort to eradicate Western culture from Nigeria and the surrounding region. Boko Haram expressed this goal when it vowed to murder all escaped Chibok girls if they returned to school. In recent years, several Chibok girls have bravely defied the threat of death and pursued a Western education through a Nigerian state-backed program at the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in the eastern city of Yola.
Former US First Lady Michelle Obama joined a Chibok-related Twitter campaign in May 2014 by sharing a photo of herself holding a sign that read “#BringBackOurGirls.” The campaign was apparently intended to help locate and secure the release of kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok, although it largely failed to produce tangible results.
– First Lady – Archived (@FLOTUS44) May 7, 2014
Michelle Obama’s promotion of the Chibok-related hashtag sparked a backlash against her husband, then US President Barack Obama’s administration on Twitter and inspired the counter-hashtag “#WeCantBringBackOurDead”.
“Many are now sending somber photographs of men and women holding signs imploring the Obama administration to stop its drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other countries,” the newspaper said. Washington Post observed on May 15, 2014.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claimed that Boko Haram was defeated in December 2015, although this was proven to be false. Boko Haram continues to carry out deadly attacks and kidnappings across Nigeria today and has reportedly grown stronger by expanding its territory in recent months.