For two weeks, family members have been waiting for any bit of information leading to relatives who were among 234 Nigerian school girls likely kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The group has killed at least 2,300 people since 2010. In the first four months of this year alone, 1,500 people have died at the hands of violence between Muslims and Christians.
But the girls’ capture and alleged sell-off constitutes one of its most disturbing actions yet. On April 14, scores of armed militants stormed a dormitory in Chibok at night, captured hundreds of girls, and disappeared back into the night. Since, the bungled search for them has lurched from one mistake to the next.
First, the Nigerian military reported that 129 school girls had been taken from the northeastern state of Borno. Then it claimed that all of the girls but eight had been released. This soon proved false. Few, if any, had been released. And in fact, more than 100 additional girls had been taken, parents said. In all, 234 school girls are suspected captured.
The missing girls, who have been gone for 16 days, ignited a social media campaign under the hashtag #BringBackOurDaughters. Nothing, has led to their return so far.
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