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5 years after Boko Haram kidnap, 112 Chibok girls still missing

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Relatives of the kidnapped Chibok girls remain hopeful their children would come home someday. But the world is losing interest

STILL MISSING. Musa Maina holds a picture of her kidnapped daughter, Hauwa, on April 12, 2019 in Chibok. Photo by Audu Ali Marte/AFP

Vigils, marches, prayers for 4th anniversary of Chibok kidnap

Apr 14, 2018 - 8:59 PM

Four years on, 112 girls are still being held by the Boko Haram

PRAYER. Members fo the 'Bring Back Our Girls' movement holds torchlight as they pray for the release of the remaining 112 out of 219 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls ahead of the 4th anniversary of their snatching during a vigil in Lagos on April 13, 2018. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

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 girls' kidnapper jailed for 15 years

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The conviction is the first in relation to the kidnapping, which triggered global outrage and sparked a worldwide campaign for the girls' release

Abducted Chibok girls say 'we won't return' – Boko Haram video

Jan 15, 2018 - 7:58 PM

The 20-minute-long video is the first since May last year, when another woman who also claimed to be among the 219 seized from the town in Borno state said she wanted to stay

CHIBOK GIRLS. In this video grab made on January 15, 2018 from a video released the same day by Islamist militants group Boko Haram shows at least 14 of the schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014. Photo by Boko Haram/AFP

Another kidnapped Chibok girl free in Nigeria

May 18, 2017 - 8:18 AM

The girl s escape announced by the Nigerian government means 107 of the 219 schoolgirls held by the jihadists since April 2014 are now free

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

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

Father of Chibok girls, 3 years on: 'I lost my peace'

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Three years after Boko Haram abducted 276 girls many grief stricken families still wait for their children to return

STILL WAITING. The Mark family at home. Three years ago, two girls from the family were among the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram armed group Photo by Chika Oduah/Al Jazeera

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

Nigeria marks 1,000 days since kidnap of Chibok girls

Jan 09, 2017 - 1:00 AM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says his government is committed to finding the remaining 195 schoolgirls who were abducted almost 3 years ago

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram released a new video on claiming to show the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, alleging they had converted to Islam and would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. A total of 276 girls were abducted on April 14 from the northeastern town of Chibok, in Borno state, which has a sizeable Christian community. Some 223 are still missing.   The Nigerian army on January 5, 2017 said another Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists almost three years ago had been rescued along with her six-month-old baby.Rakiya Abubakar was one of over 200 schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014, army spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement.  / AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BOKO HARAM" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Nigeria rescues one Chibok schoolgirl near Cameroon border – army

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:26 PM

The government says it was hoping to secure the release of 83 other girls believed to be from Chibok being held by a different factions of Boko Haram

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

Nigerian journalist wanted over Chibok girls

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The announcement comes a day after Boko Haram released a new video purportedly showing some of the more than 200 girls who were seized by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria in April 2014

New Boko Haram video 'shows Chibok girls'

Aug 14, 2016 - 6:24 PM

UPDATED The 11 minute video shows girls with veils sitting on the ground and standing in the background

2nd Chibok girl found as Nigerian president meets 1st rescued student

May 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war in the conflict which has killed at least 20 000 people forced 2 6 million from their homes and devastated the northeast since 2009

epa05317321 Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (2-R) meets with rescued girl Amina Ali Nkeki and baby (L) with Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State (C) at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria, 19 May 2016. Amina Ali Nkeki was found in the Sambisa Forest near the border of Cameroon. Nigerian Military found her carrying a baby and with a suspected member of the Boko Haram Islamist group. 218 girls remain missing after their abduction from Chibok secondary school in north-east Nigeria in 2014. EPA/STRINGER

Rescued Chibok schoolgirl to meet Nigeria's Buhari – governor

May 19, 2016 - 5:56 PM

The teenager is reported as telling family and community leaders most of the abducted girls still being held were in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno but that six had died

AMINA ALI. A handout picture made available by the Nigerian Military on May 19, 2016 shows Amina Ali Nkeki (R), one of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, receiving medical attention before meeting the Borno State Governor Kashim Shetima (2-R) at Government house, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, May 18, 2016. Photo by Nigerian Military/EPA

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May 19, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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UN alarmed about Boko Haram ties to ISIS

May 14, 2016 - 10:45 AM

The UN Security Council has voiced deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram continue to undermine the peace and stability of the West and Central African region

TIES WITH ISIS. Soldiers from 21 Brigade and Army Engineers clearing Islamic militant group Boko Haram camps at Chuogori and Shantumari in Borno State, Nigeria, July 30, 2015. File photo by EPA/STR

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.

Alarming rise in child suicide bombers used by Boko Haram – UN

Apr 12, 2016 - 6:54 PM

UN children s agency UNICEF says the number of children involved in suicide attacks in Nigeria Cameroon Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year

BOKO HARAM. An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. File photo by Boko Haram/AFP

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

Nigeria checking if would-be bomber is captured Chibok girl

Mar 27, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED The girl claims she is one of the Nigerian students kidnapped by militants nearly two years ago

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

13 dead in triple suicide attacks in Nigeria's Chibok town

Jan 27, 2016 - 11:04 PM

UPDATED The blasts bear the hallmarks of Boko Haram which repeatedly hits soft civilian targets such as markets mosques and bus stations as well as military and civilian vigilante checkpoints

Boko Haram torches village near kidnapped girls' town

Dec 08, 2015 - 8:53 PM

The village is near the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where over 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped

Nigeria leader pledges to rescue kidnapped Chibok girls

Sep 29, 2015 - 9:25 AM

Boko Haram fighters storm a school in the remote northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok on April 14 2014 seizing 276 girls who were preparing for end of year exams in an abduction that shocked the world

BUHARI. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria delivers his speech during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 28 September 2015. Photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

Amnesty mulled for Boko Haram prisoner in return for Chibok girls

Sep 16, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Boko Haram fighters stormed a school in the remote northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok on April 14 last year seizing 276 girls

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

UN fears stigmatization of rescued Boko Haram abductees

May 28, 2015 - 10:57 PM

UN deputy humanitarian coordinator Munir Safieldin hopes Nigeria s new government will step up its fight against Boko Haram

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

World must do more to free Nigerian schoolgirl hostages – Malala

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:35 AM

I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you pray with you and celebrate your freedom with your families Until then stay strong and never lose hope You are my heroes the Nobel peace laureate says

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

Boko Haram raids northeast Nigeria town –witnesses

Dec 31, 2014 - 9:32 AM

As many as 15 people may have been killed The suspected Boko Haram gunmen were allegedly targeting local vigilantes guarding the area

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 Agence France-Presse/Boko Haram

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

Families of kidnapped Nigerian girls shocked at marriage claims

Nov 01, 2014 - 7:16 PM

It the claim about marriage is shocking to us although we know that Boko Haram is not a reliable group says the head of the Chibok Elders Forum

A temporary exhibition is displayed on the Place de la Republique to support the movement Bring Back Our Girls in Paris, France (28 July 2014). Photo by Etienne Laurent/EPA

Boko Haram says kidnapped schoolgirls 'married off'

Nov 01, 2014 - 11:36 AM

The Islamist group s leader Abubakar Shekau also denied claims by Nigeria s government that it had agreed to a ceasefire and apparently ruled out future talks

NO CEASEFIRE. An image grab made on October 31, 2014 from a video obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau (C) delivering a speech. Photo by Boko Haram/AFP

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

Former Nigerian leader doubtful over kidnapped girls' return

Jun 14, 2014 - 9:35 AM

If you get all of them back I will consider it a near miracle Nigeria s former president Olusegun Obasanjo says in an interview

Nigerian schoolgirls 'a heinous example of sexual violence'

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:14 AM

British Foreign Secretary William Hague refused to give a running commentary on the search He says a great deal of work continues with multi national support

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

Top Nigerian Islamic cleric calls for unity against Boko Haram

May 25, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa ad Abubakar II has come under pressure to speak out against Boko Haram who have killed thousands in their quest for an Islamic state in the north of the country

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

Michelle Obama calls Nigeria girls abductions 'unconscionable act'

May 11, 2014 - 10:04 AM

Following a tweet supporting the BringBackOurGirls campaign publicly denounces the kidnapping of Chibok girls

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

File photo by EPA/Olivier Douliery / POOL

Nigeria parents demand answers after military says hostages freed

Apr 17, 2014 - 7:59 PM

The defense spokesman s claim has been widely disputed including by parents who voiced anger at the allegedly false information