Tragedy struck Chibok Secondary School in Lagos Nigeria on Monday, May 5, 2014 when nearly 300 female students were kidnapped from their dorm rooms. Terrified by the sound of gun shots blasting in the distance, the girls were comforted when soldiers dressed in uniforms arrived to what they thought was their rescue. They were then ordered outside the building, and after their leaving, the soldiers lit the building on fire. It was at that very moment the girls realized who these men were. They were Boko Haram members, a group of Islamic extremist. The men loaded their trucks with the students and drove off. Weeks have flown by and the girls are still missing. It has been reported that 2 died and 20 are seriously ill.
The failure of the Nigerian government to put forth all their resources and efforts to finding these students has caused both local and international uproar. The Islamic group have already claimed the lives of approximately 1,500 people so far this year in Nigeria. Their mission is as the name Boko Haram translates, is to put an end to the western form of education.
A few girls were able to escape after one of the trucks behind them broke down distracting the driver of their vehicle. The girls were able to jump off the van and run into the bushes where they hid for hours.
The village people began to lose confidence in the government, so they banned together, raised money and created a large search group.
The Islamic group forced the girls into marrying their kidnappers, who then sold them for $12.00.
An anonymous Islamic scholar, who has negotiated previous hostage situations with the Boko Haram group, told officials that the Islamic extremist is willing to put the girls up for ransom. However, they will need more time to finalize their asking price.
Summarized by Rashida Forbes