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Nigeria's Buhari meets parents of kidnapped schoolgirls

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The jihadists are still holding 112 students they abducted from Chibok, which sparked a global campaign for their release. The Dapchi kidnapping has been given less attention.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS. Parents go through list of 110 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram from Government Girls Technical College at Dapchi town in northern Nigerian on February 28, 2018. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

Chibok girl refused to be part of release deal – Nigeria

May 09, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Presidency spokesman Garba Shehu: One said No I have a husband I m happy where I am And then 82 came back

Nigeria president vows support for freed Chibok girls

May 08, 2017 - 11:04 AM

President Buhari: I cannot express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom

WITH THE PRESIDENT. An handout picture released by the PGDBA&HND Mass Communication shows Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) addressing the 82 rescued Chibok girls during a reception ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on May 7, 2017. PGDBA&HND Mass Communication/Sunday Aghaeze/Handout/AFP

Nigeria prisoner swap secures release of 82 Chibok girls

May 07, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The presidency announces that months of talks with the jihadists has yielded results just over 6 months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators

KIDNAPPED. This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by Agence France-Presse shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram/handout/AFP

Nigeria marks 3 years since mass schoolgirl kidnap

Apr 14, 2017 - 10:01 PM

The Bring Back Our Girls movement has been urging President Muhammadu Buhari to ramp up efforts to free the 195 Chibok schoolgirls still believed held by Boko Haram

CHIBOK ABDUCTION. This screengrab taken from a video on May 12, 2014 shows girls wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released the video claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls. Photo from AFP

Boko Haram frees 21 Chibok girls, raising hope for others

Oct 13, 2016 - 7:32 PM

3rd UPDATE The Nigerian government denies that the girls were exchanged for Boko Haram prisoners saying this is not a swap

One of the 21 freed Chibok girls cries while holding her baby as Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo looks on at his office in Abuja on October 13, 2016.  Jihadist group Boko Haram has freed 21 of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped more than two years ago, raising hopes for the release of the others, officials said Thursday. Local sources said their release was part of a prisoner swap with the Nigerian government, but the authorities denied doing a deal with Boko Haram.  / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA

[Dash of SAS] Bring back our girls

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Some of the girls manage to escape some of the men and boys too Some are rescued Many find that they are no longer welcome in their villages

BRING THEM BACK. In this file photo, Kenyan activists hold up placards in front of the Nigerian High Commission, during a demonstration to protest against kidnapping of Nigerian school girls by Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 15 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Hashtag fail? #BringBackOurGirls two years on

Apr 13, 2016 - 6:52 PM

On the ground 219 of the 276 girls are still missing their Government Girls Secondary School is a broken ruin and Chibok is desperate for development

A FAILED HASHTAG? Nigerians walk along Ahmadu Bello Way in protest to bring attention to the one year anniversary of the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in Chibok, Abuja, Nigeria, April 13, 2015. File photo by EPA.

Bring back our school: Anger in Chibok over lack of education

Apr 04, 2016 - 1:14 PM

Education here in Chibok has really come to zero level This is the only school we have in Chibok and it has been destroyed

RUINS. A photo taken on March 25, 2016 shows the remains of the dilapidated school building at the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok in Borno State north-eastern Nigeria on March 25, 2016. Stefan Heunis/AFP

Boko Haram kills 2 Niger soldiers

Oct 03, 2015 - 10:08 AM

Niger whose primary source of foreign income is uranium has joined a regional military alliance alongside Chad Niger and Nigeria to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria marks 500 days since Boko Haram schoolgirl abductions

Aug 25, 2015 - 11:00 PM

President Muhammadu Buhari who came to power in May gives his generals 3 months to crush the insurgency

A Nigerian woman holds a placard in front of the Nigerian High Commission during a protest against the kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 16 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Nigeria army frees dozens of women, children from Boko Haram

Jul 29, 2015 - 4:17 AM

Army officials say the operation to free the captives took place in the town of Dikwa in Borno State

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Apr 29, 2015 - 7:47 PM

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Nigeria claims rescue of nearly 300 women, girls from Boko Haram stronghold

Apr 29, 2015 - 4:55 AM

UPDATED There is no confirmation the hostages are those kidnapped from Chibok a year ago

Nigeria marks first anniversary of Boko Haram schoolgirl kidnappings

Apr 14, 2015 - 3:18 PM

The commemoration and renewed calls for their release came as Amnesty International said the Islamists had kidnapped at least 2 000 women and girls since the beginning of last year

BRING THEM BACK NOW. Nigerians walk along Ahmadu Bello Way in protest to bring attention to the one year anniversary of the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls in Chibok, Abuja, Nigeria, 13 April 2015. Stringer/EPA

TIMELINE: #BringBackOurGirls: A year in captivity

Apr 12, 2015 - 1:28 PM

A timeline of significant events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria a year ago

BRING THEM BACK. In this file photo, Kenyan activists hold up placards in front of the Nigerian High Commission, during a demonstration to protest against kidnapping of Nigerian school girls by Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 15 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

No news of over 200 abducted girls – Nigerian army chief

Mar 18, 2015 - 7:58 AM

A military official says he remains optimistic that details of the girls whereabouts would become known as the size of the territory under Boko Haram control continues to shrink

In this file photo, a Nigerian woman holds a placard in front of the Nigerian High Commission during a protest against the kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 16 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Nigerian army recaptures abducted girls' hometown

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:19 AM

Chibok is recaptured in a joint operation with local vigilantes known as the Civilian Joint Task Force who back up the military in several parts of the northeast where Boko Haram is active

BOKO HARAM. A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C). File photo by AFP/BOKO HARAM

Nigeria's Boko Haram sets new tone in controlled areas

Nov 16, 2014 - 5:47 PM

Analyst: They have stepped in as an alternative government following the withdrawal of government institutions from the areas now under their control

BOKO HARAM. A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C). File photo by AFP/BOKO HARAM

Boko Haram seizes Chibok, hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

Nov 14, 2014 - 10:59 PM

More than six months ago 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped in the town of Chibok in Borno state

BOKO HARAM. A screengrab taken on August 24, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (C). File photo by AFP/BOKO HARAM

Anxious wait for Nigeria girls after Boko Haram 'deal'

Oct 18, 2014 - 7:11 PM

We are really cautious because there have been many times that such optimism has been expressed but did not materialize one of the leaders of the BringBackOurGirls campaign said

Protesters mark 6 months since Nigerian schoolgirls' kidnap

Oct 14, 2014 - 10:07 AM

Nigerian Bring Back Our Girls campaigners have since held regular marches in Abuja even as global attention shifted elsewhere and foreign missions involved in the search grew frustrated at the lack of progress

A Nigerian woman holds a placard in front of the Nigerian High Commission during a protest against the kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, in Nairobi, Kenya, 16 May 2014. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Nigerian police claim release of one kidnapped schoolgirl

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:25 PM

An elder from Chibok however says that the name of the released girl is not among the 219 missing schoolgirls

RESCUE WANTED. Protesters march over the government's failure to rescue scores of schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists, in Abuja, Nigeria, April 30, 2014. File photo by Deji Yake/EPA

Malala in Nigeria for abducted girls, meets escapees and parents

Jul 13, 2014 - 11:00 PM

She urges the Nigerian government to take seriously the plight of the girls who remain in the custody of Boko Haram Islamists

SYMBOL OF FREEDOM. Malala Yousafzai urged Nigerian authorities to ensure the safe release of the remaining girls being held hostage by Boko Haram Islamists

More than 60 women, girls 'escape' Boko Haram in Nigeria

Jul 07, 2014 - 7:54 AM

The women escaped when their captors went out to fight says a vigilante official working with the government

Villagers bury dead nearly a week after Boko Haram attack

Jun 09, 2014 - 10:55 PM

Hundreds of people are feared dead in the attack in the Gwoza district of Borno with some community leaders putting the death toll as high as 400 to 500

BOKO HARAM. Nigerian members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers protest over the government's failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls in Nigeria in May 2014. None of the girls have been found to date. File photo from EPA/STR

Bring Back Our Girls protests banned in Abuja

Jun 03, 2014 - 11:06 AM

There are claims that some of the protests will soon have dangerous elements bringing and detonating explosives to embarass the government

PROTEST. Nigerian staff of Kaduna Polytechnic protest over the abducted Chibok school girls in Kaduna, Nigeria, 02 June 2014. Photo by EPA

Rappler Newscast | May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014 - 10:01 PM

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'We know where missing girls are:' Nigeria's top brass

May 27, 2014 - 8:19 AM

Nigeria s government and military is criticized for its slow response to the mass abduction

Nigeria and neighbors to join forces over abducted girls

May 17, 2014 - 10:20 AM

The international community has been mobilized over the plight of the girls Among the resources already put at Nigeria s disposal have been US drones and surveillance aircraft

Nigeria rejects Boko Haram prisoner swap for hostage schoolgirls

May 12, 2014 - 9:16 PM

The footage shows about 130 girls in black and grey full length hijabs sitting on scrubland near trees reciting the first chapter of the Koran and holding their palms upwards in prayer

PROTEST. Nigerians protest over the government's failure to rescue the abducted Chibok school girls in Yola, Nigeria, 08 May 2014. File photo by EPA

Amnesty claims Nigeria military ignored schoolgirl kidnap warning

May 09, 2014 - 9:36 PM

The rights group said the military was not able to assemble the troops needed to suppress the attack due to poor resources

How DNA forensics could identify lost Nigerian girls

May 08, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Forensic scientists in the United States and Spain say they are ready to help free of charge but they need DNA samples from family members of the lost schoolgirls to get started

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US sends experts to Nigeria as number of kidnap victims rises

May 07, 2014 - 10:57 PM

The team sent to Nigeria consists of military law enforcement and other agencies

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Boko Haram attack kills hundreds as Nigeria offers reward for girls

May 07, 2014 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED Survivors say the extremists overran the town of Gamboru Ngala making it too dangerous for locals to immediately return

France pledges help for Nigeria in hunt for kidnapped girls

May 07, 2014 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED President Francois Hollande s comments come as Boko Haram kidnapped another 11 girls from a village in Borno state the epicenter of the group s 5 year Islamist uprising

UKRAINE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. French President Francois Hollande says the presidential ballot "must be held in all of Ukraine, which implies that a general agreement must be found so that the election and its result are accepted." Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

#BringBackOurGirls: World cries for help for young Nigerians

May 07, 2014 - 7:03 PM

Netizens – as do US President Obama and actress Angelina Jolie – declare solidarity with hundreds of school girls kidnapped by Islamist militants in Nigeria

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Nigeria leader orders push to free abducted girls

May 04, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Anger at the government s response at the abduction of 223 schoolgirls has fueled protests at home and abroad

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Nigeria protesters demand rescue of kidnapped girls

Apr 30, 2014 - 9:09 PM

If this happened anywhere else in the world more than 200 girls kidnapped the country would be brought to a standstill says the protest organizer