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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.”

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.

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  • Pema

    Are you saying that hash tags and selfies with signs didn’t actually do anything? Shocking…

    • Love.tweet.joi

      I’m so naive, with all the international attention this got, I thought those girls would be saved. SMH.

    • AfroCapricornette

      Nopes. Gone for good. Dispersed and sold as sex slaves/brides to other like-minded evil, nomadic, terroristic despots. It’s even believed some were used as suicide bombers in recent attacks in the north as the bombers, or attempted bombers, were young females.

    • Love.tweet.joi

      Thats awful.

  • [email protected]

    This story is complex. Nigeria has rich resources (of oil, cobalt, zinc, etc.). The Western imperialists are evil for their economic exploitation of African resources off the blood of black African workers including the black poor. Boko Haram terrorists are evil for their terrorism, for their patriarchal religious extremism, and for their ruthless actions against black people in general in Nigeria. Both entities should not be supported. The girls should be returned home. It is very important to realize that the Nigerian government has done a terrible job in trying to rescue the missing girls. They were once hesitant to even work with neighboring African nations in helping them out.

    The Nigerian people still suffer massive economic inequality. I do support civilian, independent self-defense groups who are fighting Boko Haram and who seek real reconciliation in the beautiful nation of Nigeria. I also realize that many Western oil companies have caused massive pollution in Nigeria too. You can Google that information (involving Shell). I have no problem with the hashtag per se. That’s cool. Yet, we have to address the social, economic, and political issues in Nigeria, so people in that nation can reach into its highest potential. We all feel for the families of the missing girls. We all want the girls to come home. There must certainly be unity. Regardless of the diverse creeds in Nigeria, they are part of one nation and the people deserve economic justice (not permanent, brutal occupation from Boko Haram or Africom).

    The solution will involve a long, comprehensive process. One solution involves a further unification of workers, religious leaders, civic groups, self-defense groups, etc. in a mobilization campaign to not only combat the terrorists, but to grow the communities of Nigeria.

  • Mary Burrell

    So Sad very tragic indeed