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Chibok Girls 5 Questions We Should Ask About Abducted Schoolgirls

The over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 have spent more than five months in captivity

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A screenshot from a video showing some Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 play

A screenshot from a video showing some Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014

(Sky News)

The plight of the Chibok girls has attracted sympathy and outrage from all over the world, but 5 months later, they are still missing.

The over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped from Chibok in Borno on April 14, 2014 by Boko Haram members.

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, it was reported that some of the girls had been released, but these reports turned out to be false.

The continued captivity of the Chibok girls leads us to ask the following  5 questions:

  1. Where are they? It is widely believed that the abducted girls are being held in Sambisa forest, a Boko Haram stronghold. However, this belief has not been confirmed.

  2. How many of them are left? Could terrorists be expected to leave over 200 girls unscathed? How many of them have been able to survive the trauma of imprisonment?

  3. What has been done to them? Boko Haram members are not known for their mercy; what horrors have they meted out on the innocent girls being held by them?

  4. Will they ever come back? The Chibok girls have been in captivity for 5 months and the question on many minds now is, will our girls ever come home?

  5. What is being done to rescue them? The Nigerian government has constantly stated that it is doing everything possible to ensure that the girls are brought back home. There have been rumours of negotiations between the sect and the government but nothing has been confirmed. This leads us to ask: what exactly is being done to bring the missing Chibok girls back home?

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