Hundreds of children in north-east Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram since 2013

15 April, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Agonized Chibok parents still pray for missing girls 3 years later

In a separate message on the occasion, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said yesterday that over 1,000 children have been abducted in the northeast by the terror sect, Boko Haram, since 2013. At that time, the girls have been moved by Boko Haram, but there was no prisoner for exchange and I got a call from the former CDS to abort the operation. Add Boko Haram as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Boko Haram news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Mothers and fathers were among several thousand people who marched to the Government Girls Secondary School, where 276 girls were abducted on the evening of April 14, 2014.

While numerous girls were released through negotiations, a few escaped from captivity. We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up. Hence, government at all levels must prioritise safe cities, provision of security and safe spaces in our schools in order to encourage girls' enrolment and retention as well as protect them from all forms of violence.

The leader of one of Boko Haram's factions, Abubakar Shekau, speaks in front of guards in an unknown location in Nigeria in this still image taken from an undated video obtained on January 15, 2018.

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Since the conflict started in northeastern Nigeria almost nine years ago, at least 2,295 teachers have been killed and more than 1,400 schools have been destroyed, UNICEF said, adding that most of these schools have not reopened "because of extensive damage or ongoing insecurity".

Fall added that UNICEF stands with the federal government in its commitment to make schools safer and more resilient to attack through the Safe schools initiative.

One of the Dapchi schoolgirls, Liya Sharibu, wasn't released because she had apparently refused her captors' orders to convert from Chistianity to Islam, her father told reporters.

President Buhari assures that as long as he remains the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the Chibok girls will never be forgotten and all will be done to have them reunited with their families.

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In April 2016, on the eve of the abduction's second anniversary, it emerges that Boko Haram has sent a "proof of life" video to the government.

He revealed thus, "What is the status of the remaining 15 girls as far as negotiations are concerned?"

"Let the government do its best to see that every Nigerian citizen in the hands of Boko Haram is released during this year". Five reportedly died, while one girl - the only Christian in the group - is still being held.

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