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Chibok abduction: five years on

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5 long and painful years have ticked by since their daughters were snatched by Boko Haram…But for these Chibok parents, the search for their loved ones simply has to continue in earnest.SOT Musa Maina, Father of Hauwa Maina, an abducted Chibok schoolgirl “We aren’t losing hope but we’re appealing to the government to do more to bring back our girls and reunite our family.”SOT Aisha Musa Maina, Mother of Hauwa Maina, an abducted Chibok schoolgirl”We’ve been suffering ever since our daughter was kidnapped. Her abduction has really caused us so much pain. It’s as if we were all abducted together”.On the 14th April 2014, Islamist gunmen abducted 276 girls from their classrooms in this boarding school in Nigeria’s restive northeast.57 managed to escape by jumping from their captors trucks.This footage of the remaining girls was then released by Boko Haram It shocked the world and led to the birth of the hashtag ‘bring back our girls’ – which had been tweeted over 3 million times by mid May that same yearDefeating Boko Haram, and securing the girls safe release also became a key pillar of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidency.To date, 107 pupils have been freed or found – and safely returned to their families. But its still not clear where the last 112 are.UPSOT “NOW AND ALIVE !!!”In Lagos on Friday, locals gathered to remember the mass abduction. Their message might have been loud and clear, but their numbers were slim. A sign perhaps that Nigerians are losing hope of finding the girls.

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