Yesterday marked the 1,000-day anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction. Since 2014, the Nigerian military, parents, and other human rights organizations have searched for the 276 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram. Over 195 still remain in captivity. Through the testimony of the freed Chibok girls, officials know that the girls are forced to marry their captors and reconvert to Islam. This information was obtained by the Nigerian government as they hold the freed girls for continued questioning and debriefing. The families are ready for their girls to finally come home. Nigeria hopes that its recent military offensive against Boko Haram will prove key in rescuing the remaining girls.
1/9/2017 Nigeria (Al Jazeera) – Sunday marks a 1,000 days since 276 Nigerian girls were abducted from a school in the country’s northeast by Boko Haram fighters.
Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape – but nearly 200 girls still remain in captivity.
In a message to mark the mass kidnapping, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said he remained committed to ensuring the abducted schoolgirls are reunited with their families “as soon as practicable”.
“We are hopeful that many more will still return,” Buhari, who came to power in 2015, said. “The tears never dry, the ache is in our hearts.