600 Days Later, Our Girls Are Still Missing

December 2, 2015

Day 1

On the night of 14 to 15 April 2014, Boko Haram  militants attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok,  Borno state. Pretending to be security guards, they broke into the school and carted off with 276 girls, via trucks, to their hideout in Sambisa forest. 57 girls managed to get away.

Day 11

Using the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, people all over the world, through social media began to speak out against the violent act of the Boko Haram sect.

Day 21

A video of the former First Lady, Patience Jonathan, breaking down in tears after hearing the latest news on the abduction of the girls goes viral to much criticism.

Day 24

The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag hits 1 million tweets and Michelle Obama joins the online campaign by sharing a picture of herself holding a piece of paper with the hashtag.

Day 163

It was announced that the government had negotiated with the militants and the remaining 219 girls had been released and were being held in military barracks. However, it quickly turned out to be false.

Day 187

Six months after the capture of the girls, on 17 October 2014, there were rumours that the girls might soon be released. Again, this was untrue.

Day 326

The mother of a missing Chibok schoolgirl and former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala lay the foundation for new classrooms at a school burnt by Boko Haram in Chibok. Today, the school is yet to be completed.

Day 338

Nigeria’s army chief admits there is “no news for now” regarding the girls’ fate, despite military successes in recapturing towns from Boko Haram insurgents.

Yesterday

219 girls are still missing.

Today

219 girls are still missing and their families continue to pray and grieve.

Day 600, what will happen?

Friday, December 4 will mark exactly 600 days since the school girls were kidnapped.

To mark the 600th day since the abduction, a state-wide special prayer session and inter-faith vigil has been organised by the Bring Back Our Girls, Lagos branch. The session will hold on Friday, December 4, 2015, at Falomo Roundabout, Ikoyi, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. In addition, vigils and special prayer sessions will hold in mosques and churches all over Lagos on Friday, as well as on Sunday, December 6, 2015.

Let’s keep hope alive.

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