8 Reasons Everyone's Forgotten The Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK

Footage has emerged appearing to show some of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls alive - two years after they were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Th...

Children Used as Suicide Bombers - The Latest Horrific Tactic of Boko Haram

Lily Caprani | Posted 14.04.2017 | UK
Lily Caprani

Since the time when the girls were taken from their school by armed militiamen, the impact of the conflict on children has grown dramatically. Over the past year, 44 children have been used as suicide bombers. In fact, the number of children used in suicide attacks has increased ten-fold over the last year and over 75% of the children involved in the attacks are girls. Nearly one out of every five suicide bombers is a child.


David Bull | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
David Bull

We are one year on since the tragic abduction of 276 girls in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. Can you imagine still not knowing if your daughter or sister is safe, looked after or even alive?

An Open Letter to Militants in Africa

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

You are deceived in thinking that you are fighting for a 'cause'. I do not know what God you believe in, or what odious rhetoric you espouse, or what your ill-advised political beliefs are that give you the permission to do what you do everyday

Malala Isn't Happy With Politicians' Efforts To Save Nigerian Schoolgirls...

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK

The efforts to save hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls are "weak" because their parents are not "politically or financially powerful", Nobel p...

Boko Haram: I'm a Liberal, British, Nigerian Struggling Not to Demonise Islam

Sophia Eribo | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK
Sophia Eribo

I began negotiating a deal with my former employers (an international news channel) and the Nigerian Ministry of Tourism to produce a show that would show the outside world another side to my homeland. Then, that was all scuppered by Boko Haram ramping up their deadly campaign.

Boko Haram Says It Won't Be Returning Schoolgirls, Who Have Been 'Married Off'

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK

The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has denied agreeing to any ceasefire with the government and said more than 200 kidnapped s...

Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Finally Set To Be Freed...

The Huffington Post UK/ PA/AP | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Nigeria's government and Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire which would reportedly see the return of hundreds o...

Will Social Media Activism #FreeGaza or #BringBackOurGirls?

Jack McSweeney | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Tech
Jack McSweeney

Is public engagement on social networks, and the gathered momentum produced in involving oneself with social media campaigns enough to bring about change? Can we expect a brief flirtation with a trending hash tag or a concerted online debate with others to bring about seismic change?

Nigerian Pop Star Offers Virginity In Exchange For Release Of Schoolgirls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

A Nigerian pop star has offered up her virginity in exchange for the release of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Adokiye Kyria, who descri...

The #TimeToAct is Now

Frontier | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK

A few weeks ago, #TimeToAct was just a drop in the ocean of the 140-characters messages that tweet from our mobiles daily. Over the time, the hashtag has created a virtual layer where thousands of tweets, pictures and videos are streaming. "Time to Act" has become the social network's motto of a campaign asking to tackle rape in war zones.

Why #BringBackOurGirls Isn't Just Another Slacktivism Campaign

Asher Wren | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Tech
Asher Wren

Unlike hashtag campaigns that have come and gone before, #BringBackOurGirls has unified a global audience and, apart from a microscopic percentage of Boko Haram supporters, the whole world is behind the message, if not the means, of the campaign. Hashtag campaigns about everything from Orca captivity, to gay marriage, to Invisible Children; even the #YesAllWomen hashtag have all divided national and global opinions (rightly or wrongly) where #BringBackOurGirls has united the world's population in solidarity.

One Month on, the World Must Stand Up for Education

Tanya Barron | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Malala Yousafzai's shooting and the Nigerian abduction are at the same, extreme end of a spectrum of belief which sadly exists across many parts of the world; a belief that girls shouldn't have the chance to learn.

How #bringbackourgirls Could #protectallgirls

Johanna Herman | Posted 17.07.2014 | UK
Johanna Herman

Despite the criticism of armchair activism, this could be a watershed moment if attention surrounding these events can transform into something altogether more sustained and ambitious. If we can seize the momentum of interest and look beyond the immediate ambition to #bringbackourgirls, it could be possible to shape a world where we #protectallgirls.

#Bringbackourgirls Protesters March To Downing Street (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK

Protesters chanted "bring back our girls" as they took part in a march to Downing Street to demonstrate against the kidnap of more than 200 schoolgirl...

Negotiating With Boko Haram?

Matt Carr | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Carr

Is Nigeria intending to negotiate the release of the 276 kidnapped schoolgirls or it preparing to attack Boko Haram? The answer to this question does not seem clear, even to the Nigerian government itself. Throughout much of the crisis the administration of president Goodluck Jonathan has dropped fat hints that it is engaging or attempting to engage in some kind of behind-the-scenes dialogue with the kidnappers.

Women Are Making Headlines More Than Ever

Nicci Roscoe | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Nicci Roscoe

Women are speaking out and making an impact in an unprecedented way. Almost everything I've listened to in some recent news bulletins has been female focused. Angelina Jolie is a great role model as a United Nations special envoy. The comforting and caring attitude she projects is inspirational.

Changing the World One Hashtag at a Time

Isabelle Younane | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

The danger of the hashtag is the accompanying sense that the hashtagger has 'done their bit' in a humanitarian crisis. No need to submit a monetary donation, volunteer for a charity or arrange a fundraiser like the good old days; the beauty of social media means that you just have to press a key and you've made somebody's life that little bit better. But have you?

How Can We Find These Children?

Jaki Scarcello | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Jaki Scarcello

What can we do when a tragedy of this magnitude prevails in a country which is distant and unknown to us? Have we become too good at turning away and assuring ourselves we can do nothing?

Chilling New Video 'Shows Kidnapped Schoolgirls' For The First Time Since Abduction

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK

A chilling new video purportedly showing the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram has been released a month after they were abducted by the te...

Cameron's Awkward Response To #BringBackOurGirls Ambush Provokes Cynical Reaction

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK

David Cameron, seemingly ambushed by CNN's Christiane Amanpour on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, did not look overly comfortable being thrust the hashtag...

How Do We #BringBackOurGirls?

Julie Tomlin | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Julie Tomlin

What started as a local campaign for the return of more than 250 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist extremists Boko Haram, has become a worldwide phenom...

The good side of Twitter #BringBackOurGirls

Nick Jones | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Tech
Nick Jones

The hashtag, which was conceived by Ibrahim Abdullahi, a Nigerian lawyer, was first tweeted a week after the reports of the kidnapping had emerged. Observers had widely criticised the Nigerian government's response to the crisis, claiming it had failed to act decisively to get the children back.

#BringBackOurGirls: A Turbo-Charged Global Movement

Katherine Sladden | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Politics
Katherine Sladden

In the week immediately following the kidnapping of 276 school girls in Nigeria, editors commissioned more pieces on George Clooney's rumoured engagement than on the capture of a school full of girls. But it turns out we do care more about what happens to innocent girls in a different part of the world.

UK Must Send Air Support To #BringBackOurGirls, Says Brown

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Britain must send air and satellite support to Nigeria to help the search for the missing schoolgirls, former prime minister Gordon Brown has said. ...