On 14th April 2014, the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a school in Nigeria where they had gone to take an exam. A global campaign was then started. It was named #BringBackOurGirls. The United States first lady Michelle Obama along with other celebrities became a part of this movement. With time, new campaigns came in and this one got side-lined.
Today, it has been exactly two years since these girls went missing. Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, had threatened that the girls would be converted to Islam and they will be forced to marry his fighters or they will be sold away into slavery.
Ever since then he has been using these girls to negotiate with the Nigerian government for his various unlawful demands. Nigerian Army has failed in rescuing these girls. The United States tried to help too but there was no sign of the girls.
57 girls managed to escape after a few months but the remaining 219 are still untraceable. Very recently Boko Haram leaked a video to a news channel which showed 15 of these girls. They looked as if they were being treated well and said that they want to be back with their families. They also pleaded the Nigerian government to accept all the demands of Boko Haram. The girls were recognized by their family members who got a little hope in the middle of nowhere.
West Africa is being tortured almost every other day by Boko Haram since 2002. If only it was a rich continent then people would have noticed its plight. In the past two years, they have abducted almost 2,000 children. They now even have connections with the Islamic State and are also called its “West African province”.
Time is passing by. Two years is a long enough time to find someone. The Nigerian army and the government are definitely going wrong somewhere. It’s time that they try to choose another path that leads them to these girls.