Two years ago, the radical Islamist group known as Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Last Thursday, the Nigerian government secured the release of 21 of those girls.
Those girls were present at a news conference in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, last Thursday. Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, said in his remarks, “We want to ensure that we bring these girls back alive…At the same time we, of course, balance this against the overall safety and security of the country.”
One can only imagine the things these girls have gone through these past two years, and this miraculous event increases hope that the rest of the girls will be released soon.
It’s sad to note that Boko Haram has been terrorizing many regions in Nigeria for years but the call for global action was really not recognized until the kidnapping of these young girls. Could this horrific event have been prevented had more nations rallied to help Nigeria fight against Boko Haram sooner? The #BringBackOurGirls campaign received international support, but two years later, the majority of these girls are still missing and the Nigerian government is struggling to find ways of ensuring their release.
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