Pretending to be government security who came to protect them, the attackers coaxed 230 of those girls onto trucks and made off with them towards the Sambisa Forest. Some 47 escaped before, during and shortly after the attack. It was more than two years before more girls made it to freedom. Today, seven years later, 111 of those girls remain unaccounted for. On April 14, the parents will commemorate the event that changed their lives forever.
The event will take place amid an atmosphere of exasperation. Very little is known about the whereabouts and the condition of the girls who remain in captivity. It’s also not clear whether or not there are any real government efforts to negotiate a release, much less progress in securing their freedom.
Expressing frustration over the silence from the government, Yakubu Nkeki Maina, chairman of the parents’ association of the Chibok Kidnapped Girls told Open Doors: “It is so unfortunate that the government, who is supposed to take care of all its citizens, have neglected our daughters in the hands of the Boko Haram. There is no justification to why our daughters would not be rescued from the hands of the kidnappers for seven years now. … It’s quite disturbing that we have cried and asked the government to come to our rescue, but our cry has fallen on deaf ears.”