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Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapping

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On the night of June 14-15, gunmen kidnapped approximately 276 female students from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. Boko Haram, a terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria, later claimed responsibility. Some girls escaped, some were reportedly killed, but most are still missing. The crime has spurred a multinational response, as well as criticism inside Nigeria of the government’s handling of the case.

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5 Aug, 2015

Lawmaker urges Boko Haram negotiation

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A member of the House of Representatives urges Buhari to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Chibok girls.

However, if it is about the Chibok girls, I support negotiating with Boko Haram. Life is precious. Anything that will bring the girls back is in order. Outside that, we should not negotiate with them. By the way who are we negotiating with? They have no agenda; nothing! They say they are anti book, yet they kill uneducated farmers. They say they are muslims, yet they kill Rasheeds and Ibrahims innocently selling goods at markets in the North East. Meanwhile, with Buhari who has deep background in military and security, I believe we will soon end them (Boko Haram). We also have to block corruption in the military.

14 Jul, 2014

Meets with Nigerian President


nigerThe Pakistani schoolgirl meets with President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria in the country’s capital, Abuja. Her visit is in support of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from a school in Chibok, Nigeria on a few months ago. Over the weekend, Malala met some of the schoolgirls who were able to escape Boko Haram and the families of the missing girls, and promised to take their messages to President Jonathan. She urges President Jonathan to meet with the parents of the victims. The president says he will do so before they leave Abuja to reassure the family of the victims that the government is doing everything it can to rescue the girls. Jonathan:

Terror is relatively new here and dealing with it has its challenges. The great challenge in rescuing the Chibok girls is the need to ensure that they are rescued alive.

7 Jul, 2014

Escape from captors

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The 62 women and girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria last month escape from Boko Haram militants.  The women were able to escape when their captors left the camp to attack military and police in Damboa.  Bukar Kyari, a local vigilante fighting Boko Haram in Maiduguri, says:

The women seized that rare opportunity to escape when they realized they were alone in the camp.  But we still have five women, including a nursing mother, missing.

This group is believed to still be holding 200 missing schoolgirls that were abducted 80 days ago in Chibok.

14 May, 2014

Nigerian villagers kill members


Members of a Nigerian village kill dozens of people they suspect to be Boko Haram members planning a new attack on their village. The villagers take control of two trucks they believe to be carrying Boko Haram members, detaining ten people and killing at least 41 alleged Boko Haram fighters.