Twenty-one of three hundred girls captured by Boko Haram from Chibok School were released after months of emotionally painstaking and volatile negotiations. The international community was thrilled. After spending over thirty months imprisoned, the girls are in relatively good health and have returned to their families.
The international community, including many leading political figureheads, have pressed the Nigerian government to increase their efforts to recover the stolen girls and push back against Boko Haram. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has flooded the internet; all seem to be in favor of rescue at all costs. While these cries for freedom seem unadulterated, they reveal hypocrisy: many nations that demand Nigeria prioritizes saving the captured girls above all else, including the United States, maintain an uncompromising policy of never negotiating with terrorists. Ever. End of Story.
“Whether it’s a ransom, whether it’s a prisoner swap, the government knows how best to get these girls back. All we are after is to get the girls back.”- Manassah Allen, a native of Chibok whose cousin was abducted
How do nations resolve these contradictions of domestic and international policy? Is it ethical to negotiate with terrorists? The case of the girls captured by Boko Haram provides an interesting case study.
Original Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/14/world/africa/boko-haram-nigeria.html?ref=world&_r=0
Photo from the New York Post, http://nypost.com/2016/05/19/second-kidnapped-nigerian-girl-rescued-after-more-than-2-years/