On April 12, 2014, 276 girls were kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamist militants belonging to the terror group Boko Haram. The men raided the dormitory in Chibok, Nigeria, brandishing military-grade machine guns as the girls slept in their beds …
Hundreds of girls were forced out of bed and taken away … A few managed to miraculously escape, but 219 went missing. Many of the girls were Christian. As a result, they were forcefully converted to Islam so that they could be married off to some of Boko Haram’s sexually frustrated fighters. Overnight, the girls had been forced into a life of sexual slavery.
Guided by medieval Quranic dictates and Hadith-based anecdotes, Boko Haram’s jihadists turned Nigeria’s daughters, aspiring doctors, lawyers, and engineers, into chattel and property.
Two years later, they are still enslaved. The Nigerian army has failed to track down the girls’ whereabouts despite repeated promises to hundreds of grieving families.
On Christmas Day 2015, Boko Haram allegedly released a “proof of life” video, showing 15 of the Chibok girls dressed in grey and sterile Islamic garbs from head to toe. They all had a vacant look of desperation in their eyes, but they were alive. The Nigerian government purportedly got its hand on the footage in January without notifying families or the general public of that matter.