The Nigerian military says it has rescued 200 girls and 93 women from an area where the Islamist militant group Boko Haram is active.

However, it said the girls abducted from a secondary school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them.

The military said the girls and women were freed during operations against Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest, during which four camps were taken.

A military spokesman said they were now being interviewed.

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Remembering 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants a year ago

New York’s Empire State building was lit up in red and purple in honor of more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants one year ago.

The edifice was to remain illuminated until 2:00 am on Wednesday, a nod to the number of girls who remain missing.

Candlelight vigils, rallies and prayers were held from Nigeria to New Zealand to Paris to mark one year since the girls were kidnapped, while others commemorated the missing students and demanded their safe return with #BringBackOurGirls messages.

“On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, The Empire State Building will be lit Purple and red in honor of BringBackOurGirls,” the Empire State website said.

Some 276 girls were taken from the northeastern town of Chibok by the Boko Haram extremists, 219 of which remain missing.

Amnesty International said the Chibok girls’ kidnapping was one of 38 in northeast Nigeria since the start of last year that had seen at least 2,000 women taken by the militants.

Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday cautioned he could not make promises on the return of the 219 missing schoolgirls. (AFP)

Photos by: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters, Timothy A. Clary/AFP, Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters, Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

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WASHINGTON – One year ago, a girl named Saa jumped from a truck in Nigeria, not knowing if she would survive the landing.

Saa was one of the hundreds of girls abducted last April from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria, by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Speaking at a press conference on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Saa – who uses a pseudonym to protect her Christian family in Nigeria – explained that “when the terrorists attacked my school and took all of us in a truck, when we were going in the forest I decided to jump out of the truck.”

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In light of the postponement of elections in Nigeria due to an increase of utilizing young women as targets of violence, and it being International Women’s Month, I wanted to remind you all of this:

The one year anniversary is coming, and they are still missing.

April 14, 2014 around 11:45pm over 270 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram. It’s one month shy to it’s year anniversary and most of them are still held in captivity, whereabouts unknown.

#Bringbackourgirls is calling for action. On April 14th, wear red and organize a march in your city to support these young women. Educated girls will save the world and now we must save them. The future of Nigeria depends on the rescue of all of these girls and the stabilization of the country.

Please do not let this die out. Do not aid the silence of these young women. Spread the word. 

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — They have been gone a year now, the hundreds of girls abducted by Islamic militants from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. And while the cry to “Bring Back Our Girls” remains a worldwide cause, the country’s next leader is not making the promise that his predecessor did — that they will be brought home.

“Never to be forgotten” is the new slogan adopted Tuesday by campaigners, replacing “Bring Back Our Girls — Now and Alive!

(Source: Associated Press)

Nigeria: At Least 1,000 Civilians Dead Since January

Attacks by the Islamist armed group Boko Haram killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015. Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread from northeast Nigeria into Cameroon, Chad, and Niger since February.

Interviews in late January with people who fled Yobe, Adamawa, and Borno states in northeastern Nigeria revealed horrific levels of brutality.

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Just An African Problem

In April 2014, Boko Haram (translation - “Western education is forbidden”) kidnapped 276 girls from Chibok in Nigeria. More than 50 of them escaped, but the remainder have not been released. This is just one of a seemingly unending series of atrocities that the terrorist group has committed. Let’s list some of them, shall we?

(1) Boko Haram killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014,

(2) By the end of 2014 1.5 million people had fled the combat zone into a life of refugee status and poverty.

(3) Boko Haram controls 20,000 square miles of territory and terrorises the people who live within it.

(4) Boko Haram has declared an Islamic caliphate and has affiliated itself to ISIS.

(5) Boko Haram is systematically destroying historical sites in Iraq, no doubt on the familiar monstrous credo that he who kills the past controls the future.

Occasionally (but not too often) Boko Haram is mentioned in our tabloid newspapers here in the UK. But note this:-

On 7th January 2015, as you will know, two Islamist gunmen forced their way into and opened fire in the Paris headquarters of the magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, killing twelve people.

I don’t want in any way to minimise this. It was a horrendous crime.

Before the Paris attack, on 3rd January 2015, Boko Haram attacked the town of Baga. The town was burned and the people massacred. The death toll of the massacre was estimated by local officials to be upwards of 2,000,

After the Paris attack, on 18th January 2015, Boko Haram raided two Tourou Cameroon area villages, torching houses, killing residents and kidnapping between 60 and 80 people (including an estimated 50 young children between the ages of 10 and 15).

The Paris attack was headlined in our newspapers for two weeks afterwards.

The African attacks were mentioned sporadically, if at all.

In the comedy series “Father Ted”, Father Ted is demonstrating some plastic toy cows to Dougal. “One last time”, says Ted. “These are small - but the ones out there are far away. Small. Far away.”

It feels like that with Boko Haram. Boko Haram adds to a ring of ISIS-affiliated terrorists running from North and West Africa through to the Far East, but that isn’t really the point (even though it’s an important one).

Distinctions, consciously or otherwise, are being made.

First world and third world.

White people and black people.

Nigeria is far away, Dougal.

David Rovics, a criminally ignored US folk singer, a man who is this generation’s Pete Seeger, has a line in his song Resistance:-

“As long as you have everything, there will be those who have nothing to fear. And little by little, or maybe all at once you will lose - because our future is not yours to choose.”

I can’t say it better than that. It’s time for us to address the root causes of Boko Haram. Partly because they are a real and present threat to the west. But mainly because - just as the Ferguson campaign constantly reminds us - “black lives matter”. Years on from Selma, we still live in a world where the importance of a death is assessed with reference to skin colour.

And we should start by increasing awareness - on which point rags like the Mirror, the Sun, the Mail and the Express stand naked, guilty and unforgiven.

I declare two interests. One - I’ve visited Nigeria, and I know many of its’ wonderful people. Two - I have the “interest” that any decent human being SHOULD have.