We must remember them.
It’s exactly one year since more than 200 school girls were abducted in northern Nigeria by Boko Haram militants.
One year since their parents slept soundly in the knowledge that their little girls were safe.
One year since their siblings laughed with them, fought with them, were reassured by them.
On the evening of April 14, 2014, 276 girls were taken from their rural secondary school in Chibok.
— Jubril Gawat A. (@jag_bros) April 14, 2015
Fifty-seven of the girls, aged between 16 and 18, managed to escape within a few days. The remaining 219 girls have not been seen since an appearance in a video by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram last May.
Though the mass kidnapping sparked an online global campaign – led by people like Michelle Obama– to find the girls, most people turned away from the atrocity within days. But while the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag slipped off the radar for many of us, the missing girls have consumed the minds of their families.