“If you’re not safe anywhere in the world, you should be safe in your house, in your own back yard. We mandate the federal government to bring back our daughters, and our children.”
David Peter (sound engineer, music producer and recording artist in Lagos, Nigeria)
Over two weeks have passed since militants in Nigeria abducted an estimated 230 girls in the middle of the night. Before I even saw the news story, I began to see images across social media with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, which prompted me to learn more about exactly what was going on. This social media movement began because the parents of the kidnapped girls were upset at the weak response from authorities and wanted to bring this sad story to some much needed media light and attention.
Below are three things you need to know about this important news story.
1) What happened?
A lot of different information has been reported across various media channels. However, in mid-April, about 230 teen girls in the town of Chibok (Borno) were taken out of their beds by armed men and forced into trucks in the middle of the night. The New York Times has reported that the student’s principal, Hajiya Asabe Ali Kwambula, said “53 girls had escaped, and that 223 were still missing.”
2) Who kidnapped the girls?
In this northeast region, where the girls were taken, there has been a militant Islamist group (Boko Haram) active for three years. Girls who escaped their captors have reported that these extremists led this mass abduction, although this group has not publicly claimed responsibility for this kidnapping. Boko Haram has a history of attacking schools, but girls were usually spared.
“Boko Haram – the name means ‘Western education is sinful’ – believes Western influences have corrupted their society and only an Islamic state can restore purity to Africa’s most populous nation of about 170 million people, divided almost equally between Muslims and Christians.”
3) Where are the girls?
No one knows for sure, but there are several reports circulating based on girls who were able to escape, people who have seen them, and people who have spoken to the captors. It is being reported that some of the girls were forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors and that some may have been taken across the borders, possibly to Cameroon and Chad.
Watch the news story here:
Sign a petition:
- Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria – Please RESCUE THEM! #BringBackOurGirls
- WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
work with the UN and the Nigerian government to bring home the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
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