The 5th Anniversary of the Chibok Girls Kidnapping
04/15/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Yesterday marked the 5th anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls from Borno state in Nigeria. At the time of the incident 276 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram and 112 are still missing till today.
Boko Haram is a jihadist militant group that is violently opposed to western education and ideology. The terrorist group imposes the idea that women should not be educated and conducted the kidnappings in opposition to the girls being educated.
Over the course of the past several years, some of the girls have managed to escape and explain what has happened in their absence. Rape was a regular part of the girls’ lives. They have also been witnesses to murder as well as being forced to commit murder themselves. Over half of the girls kidnapped were Christian and some of the girls that have been released have reported that Christians were treated especially harsh.
President Muhammadu Buhari posted a message on Twitter on the anniversary of the attack recommitting to “not relent until every captive is free.” The commitment to bring back the Chibok girls will hopefully bring about their safe return and an end to the families’ turmoil.