Original story: 04/14/14
276 schoolgirls attending school in Chibok, Nigeria were abducted. 57 girls escaped the attackers. 219 girls were still missing. Source: Africa Check.org: How many girls were abducted and how many are still missing?
Update: 05/20/16: One abductee released
One abductee is released. According to the newly freed schoolgirl, six of the abductees died. However, until there is verification, 218 schoolgirls are still missing. Source: BBC: Boko Haram abductees freed in Nigeria
Update: 7/12/16: NGO demands Nigerian government do more
In response to a non-governmental organization’s (NGO’s) calls for the government to do more to rescue the Chibok girls, President Buhari stated that he will not “play to the gallery” or make empty promises. He stated that if the military knew where the girls were they would rescue them. The government is opened to renewed cooperation with the NGO and the international community. Source: Vanguard News: Chibok girls: Buhari’ll never make bogus promises
Update: 8/14/16: Boko Haram releases video of girls
Boko Haram released a video showing approximately 50 of the girls still in captivity. The terrorist group demanded the release of its fighters in exchange for the girls while admitting some of the girls died in airstrikes. The government is in contact with the militants behind the video and the journalist, Ahmad Salkida, that communicates with Boko Haram is a wanted man by the Nigerian government. Source: BBC: Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives
Update: 8/23/16: Attack on Boko Haram leader will not lead to release
The Nigerian army announced that they fatally wounded the Boko Haram Nigerian leader, Abubakar Shekau, and several of his commanders during an air raid. Government officials state that although the air raids were successful, they still do not believe there is a higher probability that the Chibok girls will be released. Source: International Business Times UK: ‘No release’ for Chibok girls even if Boko Haram’s Shekau killed
Update: 9/06/16: 24 Chibok girls attend university
24 girls escaped from Boko Haram terrorists and re-entered the educational system in Nigeria. Four of the girls are among the new students formally accepted in the American University of Nigeria (AUN). Source: NAIJ: 4 Chibok girls matriculate at the American University of Nigeria
Update: 12/27/16: Freed girls prevented from seeing family
Kidnapped girls freed from more than two years of captivity by Boko Haram Islamic extremists were prevented by Nigerian officials from spending Christmas at home with their families, relatives and a lawyer said Tuesday.
The news raised questions about Nigeria’s handling of the 21 girls freed in October through negotiation mediated by the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Nearly 300 girls taking science exams were kidnapped from a government boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014. 219 remain in captivity.
He said the girls insisted on being at home and arrived in Chibok on Christmas Eve, but were held at a legislator’s house. Christmas Day passed but they were not allowed to see their parents until Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima showed up Monday with cameras to have his photograph taken officially presenting the girls to their parents, Ogebe said.
“In terms of a Christmas family reunion, this has got to rank amongst the world’s most spectacular failed parties,” Ogebe told The Associated Press by phone from his base in Washington. “The Grinch, or in this case the government, stole their Christmas this time. Not the terrorists.”
The mother of one girl and the father of another told the AP that the girls wanted to attend Christmas service at their church, but were told they had to remain at the legislator’s house for their security.
The Bring Back Our Girls movement, Human Rights Watch and lawyers like Ogebe, who has organized scholarships in the United States for some of the girls who escaped the night of the abduction, are asking if the traumatized girls have escaped one form of captivity to another.
Nigeria’s army has freed thousands of people from captivity by Boko Haram this year, as it has driven the extremists out of towns and villages where they had declared an Islamic caliphate.
President Muhammadu Buhari this week declared that Boko Haram had finally been “crushed,” driven out of their last stronghold in the northeastern Sambisa Forest where they were believed to be holding many Chibok girls.
The government said this week that negotiations to free the rest of the girls continue. Source: Voice of America: Nigeria officials prevent freed Chibok girls from being home for Christmas