90 Girls Reportedly Missing In Nigeria After Boko Haram Attack
Dozens of school girls are missing in Nigeria again after an attack by Boko Haram.
Bukky Shonibare, Campaigner for Bring Back our Girls stated, “The abduction for the Chibok girls happened almost four years ago. The question is, is it that we are not learning from our past mistakes?”
Islamist militants reportedly stormed the state-run Girls Science Secondary School. 90 students at the boarding school didn’t show up for roll call following the attack. The government claimed some girls were rescued by the Nigerian army, but later retracted the statement, saying the info about the recues was not credible.”
One of the students, Saratu John, stated, “We are just hearing shooting and gun anywhere and we don’t know where we are going. We just moved far from this.”
More than 20,000 people have been killed since 2009, when Boko Haram began its insurgency. The group abducted more than 270 girls from Chibok in 2014, and approximately 100 girls are still missing.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recently said the era of Boko Haram violence is “gradually drawing to end.” Meanwhile, activists are calling for better protection in school for girls. Reported numbers vary widely on how many girls were captured in Dapchi and how many are still unaccounted for.