Chibok Girls is the name given to a group of female students who were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.
After the kidnapping of the school girls, an extremist terrorist organisation called Boko Haram claimed responsibility for it.
About 57 of the schoolgirls later managed to escape from their kidnappers over the next few months with stories of the horrible life they were subjected to.
Friends and family of the abducted school girls still harbour high hopes that one day, the remaining girls will be released.
There were speculations that the terrorist group was going to use the girls to negotiate an exchange for some of their captured commanders.
One of the recent escapees Amina Ali who was found roaming in the forest, claimed that the remaining girls were still there, but that six had died. After some days. Amina, a second girl emerged but was confirmed not to be among the Chibok Girls.
Boko Haram is an Islamic extremist group which aims at instituting an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria. The group is particularly opposed to western education, which they say makes people to deviate from the Islamic way of life.
In May 2013, the Nigerian government declared a state of emergency in Borno State where the group has perpetrated attacks which killed thousands of.
Since the onset of their insurgency, Boko Haram has targeted schools, killing hundreds of students, churches (mostly catholic), motor parks, shopping centres as well as markets where they can find plenty of people.
A spokesperson for the group said Nigeria will be subjected to such attacks as long as the government continues to interfere with traditional Islamic education.
Apart from the regular bombings, Boko Haram has also been known to kidnap girls, whom they turn to cooks and sex slaves. According to the group, girls should not go through formal education.
Chibok Girls Kidnapping
The kidnapping took place on the night of 14–15 April 2014, when a group of militants invaded the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.
They pretended to be guards and made away with a large number of students in trucks, possibly into the Konduga area of the Sambisa Forest where the members of the terrorist group are said to be hiding.
The school was initially close down due to insurgency but had to open its gates to several students from different schools to take final exams on physics.
The number of girls taken from the school is not quite stable, but 530 students from multiple villages registered for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
Parents said 234 girls were missing, while according to the police, approximately 276 children were taken in the attack, as of 2 May, 53 had escaped. Other reports said that 329 girls were kidnapped, 53 had escaped and 276 were still missing.
It is indeed a shame to note that Nigeria’s armed forces confirmed that the Nigerian military had four-hour advance notice of the impending attack but could not mobilize reinforcements.
Schoolgirls Turn To Boko Haram Girls
A terrible aftermath followed the kidnapping of hundreds of young girls. Some Non-Muslim students were forced to embrace Islam. The girls have been forced into marriage with terrorists who paid a reputed “bride price” of ₦2,000 on them.
Villagers living in the Sambisa Forest have sighted some of the Chibok girls crossing the border to neighboring countries of Chad and Cameroon, with the militants tagging along.
Some of the girls have returned home safely, some are dead while a good number of them are still subjected to slavery and abuse. Parents on the other hand are still hopeful that their kids will one day return to their rightful homes.