82 Chibok girls have been freed by Boko Haram after negotiations with Nigerian government

  • An additional 82 of the girls kidnapped from a boarding school in the town of Chibok, Nigeria, have been freed as a result of negotiations between the Nigerian government and infamous militant group and Islamic State affiliate Boko Haram, CNN reported Saturday, citing a government official.
  • Per CNN, the 82 girls were released and will be taken to Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, after which point they will receive medical attention and be reunited with their families. Read more. (5/6/17, 7:06 PM)

Boko Haram releases video showing kidnapped Nigerian girls

Terrorist group Boko Haram released a video Sunday, allegedly showing both alive and dead women who were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, in April 2014. More than 270 girls were abducted at the time, sparking the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. In the new video, Boko Haram proposes an exchange for the kidnapped women.

Married at age 13, Maimuna Abdullahi endured an abusive marriage for a year – and is now at 14 one of thousands of divorced girls in Nigeria. Once married, her husband forced her to drop out of school, blaming her few years of schooling for her disobedience. “She had too much ABCD,” he says. “Too much ABCD.”

Maimuna’s situation is representative of many others – only 2 percent of married girls in Nigeria attend school compared to 69 percent of unmarried girls, according to the United Nations. But Maimuna considers her self lucky, because she now attends the Tattalli School Free School for divorced girls and is learning a trade so she can support herself. 

Learn more via the AP.

Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since

On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors’ accounts.


Did you forget about #BringBackOurGirls? Nigeria — and their parents — haven’t 

Just a few months ago, the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram was a cause célèbre: There was the ubiquitous hashtag (#BringBackOurGirls), celebrity supporters (some misguided) and political pressure from the international community. And then, just like every other viral movement, it faded from public view.

Much like the #Kony2012 campaign, #BringBackOurGirls seemed to highlight the worst of hashtag activism: People’s tendency to jump on a viral bandwagon until the next media-ready cause rolls into town.

This is why hashtag activism needs to get betterFollow micdotcom

I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah. There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women.

Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, speaking about his plans to sell 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls. Boko Haram, which is made up of operatives trained by Al-Qaeda, has taken responsibility for the mass kidnapping, which took place on April 14th.

Over 200 female secondary school students were abducted from their boarding school by a group of people who are believed to be a part of the Boko Haram sect (terrorists) in Chibok, NorthEastern, Nigeria. Though it is believed that some or all of the girls have been sold into marriage/slavery, this should not and will not deter us from demanding their return.

Please repost and let the Nigerian government know that everyone around the world has not and will not forget about these girls and to also protect schools so that girls can freely go to school without the fear of violence or never returning home to their family.