276 girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram. A year later, where are they now?
They were average pupils preparing for their final exams.
Subsequently their school was broken into by guys from Boko Haram and took them captive. They shoved the girls into trucks and cars and set the school on fire.
They were terrified. They didn”t understand what to do.
It”s impossible not to wonder:
What would I do?
That night, some of them — a tiny amount of the 276 who were caught — escaped.
They ran, without shoes, for days. They only needed to get home.
When they reached their houses and families, they were haunted by the memory of what had occurred to them, and by worry for their classmates.
And those other girls… It”s been a year now. What happened to them?
Many are still in captivity. Fiftyseven have escaped. Over 200 are missing.
Girls who avoided report forced sexual violence and marriages. Some are made to work for the terrorists. From time to time, one of them finds a chance to escape, but most of them are basically enslaved.
Men and women in Nigeria are legitimately pissed off in regards to the government”s failure to save the women. And they undoubtedly blame the authorities for inaction. Over the wintertime, voters ousted President Goodluck Jonathan in part due to his inaction. It was the very first time in Nigeria”s history an incumbent lost to a starter.
In frustration with their particular authorities, the families have appealed for assistance to the United Nations. Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai is also calling on the international community to come to their assistance. Writing on her website, she astutely points out: “If these girls were the kids of politically or fiscally strong parents, considerably more would be done to free them. However they come from an impoverished region of northeast Nigeria and unfortunately little has changed since they were kidnapped.”
Communities all around the globe are planning the Global School Girl March on April 14, 2015, to raise consciousness and bring international attention back to the lost girls — and the many who’ve been caught since.
To discover an event near you, take a look at their Facebook page.
If there”s no occasion near you, you still can help by writing to your elected officials as well as your nation”s embassy in Nigeria, and by sharing posts that remind folks this scenario isn’t solved. Together, really, the international community can go to take more actions than a hashtag.