For today are scheduled manifestations in different parts of Nigeria, on the occasion of the 500th day in captivity of the Chibok students, Christian girls who were kidnapped by the jihadist group Boko Haram, in the north-east of the country. It is reported by the British broadcaster “BBC”, according to which in Lagos and in the capital Abuja, groups of men and women dressed in red will go out into the streets to keep international attention on the case. In 500 days no interesting news have come out concerning the destiny of the 219 young women, for whose release the administration guided by the new president, Muhammadu Buhari, has promised renewed commitment. The head of State has promised also to strengthen operations against Boko Haram and victory in the battle against terrorism within three months.
The families of the “Chibok girls”, still hope that they are going to be released, but no traces have been found yet. The young women were kidnapped from the dormitory of their school, in the state of Borno, during the night between the 14 and 15 April. In the meantime, in addition to the search at the hand of the military men in the country, all around the world have been launched campaigns for their liberation. Even the UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, has repeatedly expressed his support of the young women’s liberation, by defining as “intolerable” their kidnapping.
Manasseh Allen is one of the relatives of some of the girls. Two of his granddaughters were in the group taken hostage by the jihadists: “This is a truly painful experience. It is a trauma, “he tells in front of the Unity fountain, in Abuja, where every week meet the members of the campaign Bring Back Our Girls, launched on an international level after the kidnapping of the young women.
Translated by Ecaterina Severin