On 14th April 2014, Boko Haram, an Islamic extremist terrorist group, kidnapped more than 200 girls from their boarding schools in Chibok, Nigeria, whilst they were sitting their physics exam. Although 53 were able to escape, 223 girls have still been held hostage and anger continues to rise due to the lack of knowledge about their whereabouts. It has been rumoured that the remaining girls have been forcibly converted to Islam and sold as wives to men twice their age for as little as $12 (US Dollars).
Across social media, many people have been shocked by the non existent coverage by the general media. For this reason, the “#BringBackOurGirls” campaign was started on Twitter to create awareness and to add pressure to the Nigerian government to respond to the crisis. Following the support of celebrities, such as Chris Brown, James Fortune and Mary J Blige, the campaign has fuelled worldwide protests. Over the weekend, many of these were held outside Nigerian embassies and there are plans that these will continue to take place during this coming week.
Goodluck Jonathan, the President of Nigeria, and his wife, Patience, both released statements on Sunday 4 May 2014, but these have done little to calm the growing upset at the way the ordeal is being handled. With little information about how Boko Haram were able to kidnap such a large amount of girls, and with even less information about where these girls actually are, the press conference has been mocked.
We’ve left a couple of videos below, what do you think?
LATEST UPDATE: A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in a video first obtained by Agence France-Presse.“I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,”