Missing for 70 Days, What is the Status on the Nigerian Schoolgirls from Chibok? #BringBackOurGirls.
Today marks the 70th day* that these young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been missing. Despite reports from the Nigerian government saying that they are aware of the whereabouts of these girls, assistance through US military intervention, and even with a few of the girls managing to escape, it seems as though news of missing girls is beginning to lose momentum in popular news media. Whilst there are scattered reports here and there, the citizen response once ignited through the #BringBackOurGirls campaign has not been maintained with same amount of vigor that saw people from all around the world show concern for the situation.
As a result, we decided to do some researching of our own to find out what the latest media reports are saying about the missing Chibok girls in recent days.
- Out of the 276 girls that went missing in April, 219 are still missing according to Nigeria’s Federal Government. 57 girls have managed to escape while 219 are still unaccounted for. During the siege on the school, 119 students escaped from the school premises, before the insurgents took away their classmates. (x)
- The girls were said to have been forced to convert to Islam and reports stated that the leader of Boko Haram was preparing to sell them into the illicit world of human trafficking. (x)
- The Wednesday following the attack, the Nigerian military fabricated a story telling the public hat only eight of the girls were still missing and that more than 80 of them had returned to their families. (x)
- The claim by military officials in Abuja on Wednesday that same Wednesday that 107 abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) Chibok were freed is a huge lie, Borno government officials, the management of the school and residents said. (x)
- Boko Haram released a video showing footage of the missing schoolgirls of which its authenticity was uncertain by officials. (x)
- In May, the Nigerian government had announced that it had located where the missing girls were being held hostage but it would not locate them. (x)
- The Nigerian military has said that it would not use force to rescue the girls as it feared that this would compromise the safety of the girls. (x)
- A paper in Nigeria recently released the names of the missing Chibok schoolgirls. (x)
- Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the missing girls may never return as the odds of them all being in one location is not likely. He also said the president had acted too slowly during the golden hour of the crisis. (x)
- Protesters have petitioned the UN Security Council and US Secretary of State for the release of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls. (x)
- After US military support was rounded up in May to aid the Nigerian government in finding and rescuing the girls, it was recently announced that a military operation to rescue the over 200 abducted Chibok girls may soon be carried out. The military is awaiting the approval of the government of Nigeria and the United States before undertaking any action in this regard. (x)
- Earlier this month, Nigeria banned then unbanned protests in the country. (x)
- At least 10 people were killed Saturday (June 21st) in raids by suspected Boko Haram gunmen on two villages near the town of Chibok, residents and local leaders said. (x)
- According to this article, at least, 40 people were killed on Sunday (June 22nd), when suspected militants attacked Chuha A, Chuha B and Korongilim, villages in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State. (x)
- Fresh reports say that Boko Haram have kidnapped more women from a village near Chibok. (x)
*presuming the girls went missing on the night of April 14th, 2014.
These girls are still missing :( #BringBackOurGirls
My view while taking a break from my #sunset bike ride yesterday. #Boston #CharlesRiver #latergram