It has been more than 1000 days since the Chibok girls abduction took place in Nigeria, by the hands of Boko Haram extremists. 300 girls were abducted in April 2014 and there was a global campaign Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) to bring them back. Many of those girls are still living in captivity and Nigerian military has bene asked to double down on its efforts to bring them back as civic places to help voices be heard through protests is shrinking across Nigeria. 23 girls have been released or escaped the captivity to date.
Over the past few years, Amnesty International has been seeking action and asking the government to make plausible efforts to find the remaining girls. Acting Country Director for Amnesty International Nigeria, Makmid Kamara said, “This terrible anniversary is a chilling reminder not just of the tragic disappearance of the Chibok school girls, but also all other individuals – many of whom are also children – who remain captive in Boko Haram’s hideouts across the country. These abductions and other attacks on civilians, many of which constitute war crimes, must stop.”
Apart from the abduction of girls in Chibok, there have been other 41 cases of abduction by the Boko Haram that Amnesty has been highlighting. There are also cases of rape, torture, forceful detention, and destruction homes by the group that has made life miserable for the civilians of Nigeria. However, Nigerian military is trying hard to fight the group and has been engaged in fighting on multiple fronts.