#BringBackOurGirls – One Year Later
Today, April 14th, marks the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of 275 Nigerian girls from their school in the Christian town of Chibok, Borno State. This is Boko Haram’s largest abduction to date. While several girls were able to escape, according to our sources, 232 remain missing. Their families have no answers about their daughters’ location or the circumstances they are facing.
Last year, the horror and shock of the mass kidnapping resonated with people around the world and an international media campaign, #BringBackOurGirls, began. In one month’s time the hashtag was used 3.3 million times and tweeted by celebrities and political figures. But one year later, there have been dozens of additional attacks by the militant group, hundreds of deaths and kidnappings, and we are no closer to learning the fate of the Chibok girls.
Many fear that the girls have been taken into neighboring countries. Others speculate that the girls, who may have been forced into marriage with their captors, are among the women massacred last month in Maidurguri, Nigeria as an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria soldiers fled the town.
Today, one year later, we are urgently calling on the Nigerian government to #BringBackOurGirls and to provide answers to their families. We hope that Nigeria’s President-Elect will be able to combat the terrorism that Boko Haram has inflicted on the country, as he promised prior to his election. Please continue to #PrayForOurGirls and sign up to receive the Open Doors Advocacy Update to learn about future advocacy opportunities on their behalf.