What Happened to ‘Bring Back Our Girls?’

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By C.N. Staff Writer

Nigeria GirlsIt frequently attacks schools and colleges, which it sees as a symbol of Western culture.

In April of 2014 the world learned of the kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls in Chibok by an extremist militant group Boko Haram. In the last six months, the world has experienced new tragedies- Malaysian Airlines disappearing flight, Ferguson shooting, Ebola, Canadian attack, etc.- but the girls of Nigeria still haven’t been returned.

The international cry to #BringBackOurGirls caught on as many political leaders and celebrities spoke out about the issue. But with the militant group’s increasing violence, it appears as if those cries of help have faded.

Violence in the region has continued and there has been no official comment from the Boko Haram, which has killed at least 2,000 people this year. Additionally, it has been speculated that the group has kidnapped an additional 25 girls as late as October in a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, casting further doubt that the original 200 girls will ever be released.

In October federal government officials said that Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and Boko Haram entered into a ceasefire agreement, but fighting has continued. The group has continued to go into small villages and kidnap girls and in some instances young boys. The Nigerian government has said that the group continues to deny involvement in the kidnappings, but the group has also refused to issue any public statement on the kidnappings.

According to a Reuters report by an eyewitness to the violence, John Kwaghe, the group does not appear to be serious about the ceasefire. “We are confused that the hours after the so-called cease-fire agreement has been entered between the federal government and Boko Haram insurgents, our girls were abducted by the insurgents,” said Kwaghe.

Nigerian officials say the group has bombed public places and have demanded an Islamic state in Nigeria. The group communicates its messages through jihadist videos and has not commented on the ceasefire. The group promotes a version of Islam, which makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society.

Many Nigerians do not believe the government’s claims of a ceasefire with Boko Haram.

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