Today Is The One Year Anniversary Of #BringBackOurGirls And Most Still Aren’t Home

via Flickr - Surian Soosay
via Flickr – Surian Soosay

You’ll recall the explosion of hashtag activism from last April that made #BringBackOurGirls an international phenomenon. It was in response to the kidnapping of 300 Nigerian school girls by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram which finds safe haven in Northern Nigeria. Well, today, one year later, only roughly a third of those girls have been recovered with the rest either still missing without a trace, sold into slavery, living in slavery, or having been used in a number of other unthinkable ways.

And although the Nigerian government has taken some steps to combat Boko Haram (electing a new President and hiring White South African mercenaries) the groups still operates with relative impunity in the North of the country.

Below are links to some of Thought Catalog’s best and most informative news summaries and opinion pieces reacting to the kidnappings and the horror of inaction that came after.

Summaries

What Is Going On In Nigeria? #BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurGirls, An Update On The Progress So Far

Boko Haram Strikes Strikes Back With Twin Bombings, Over 100 Dead In Nigerian City

An Expert Gives You The Key To Understanding Boko Haram’s Assault On Northern Nigeria

20 More Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Despite #BringBackOurGirls

Remember #BringBackOurGirls? The Youngest Victims Are Now Being Used As Suicide Bombers.

 Opinion Pieces

Shocker! The World Didn’t Care About 200+ Kidnapped African Girls

What The Media Forgot To Tell You About #BringBackOurGirls

Piers Morgan Is Wrong, The Nigerian Government Cares Less About Its Missing 300 Girls Than Anyone Else

Sometimes I Hate Being Muslim: 6 Thoughts On Boko Haram

The Unspoken Subtext of #BringBackOurGirls: Forced Conversion In Islam

The Silence Is Deafening: Terrorism In Northern Nigeria

Who Is A Terrorist? TC mark

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