It’s been exactly a year since Boko Haram descended up a school in Chibok, Nigeria and kidnapped close to 300 girls. After #BringBackOurGirls became a trending topic, many felt that the Nigerian government was doing little to actually bring them back. And now, many people fear they’ll never been seen again.
“This crime has rightly caused outrage both in Nigeria and across the world,” the country’s President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari stated on Tuesday. “Today is a time to reflect on the pain and suffering of the victims, their friends and families. Our thoughts and prayers, and that of the whole Nigerian nation, are with you today.”
— Christian Purefoy (@purefoyAMEBO) April 14, 2015
On April 14, 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped and 50 girls managed to escape. And a year later, Boko Harma is still destructive in the country.
According to UNICEF, 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict between the Nigerian military, civilian self-defense groups, and Boko Haram.
Amnesty International says women and children continue to be abducted. And it says Boko Haram continues to kill in large numbers.
And families are still mourning their kidnapped girls.
#BringBackOurGirls is still a trending topic, but one that should never be forgotten about. Hopefully one day some or all of these girls will be returned to their families.