How A New Survey is Transforming the Nation’s Response to Violence Against Children
On the evening of April 14, 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State. Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist terrorist group based in northeast Nigeria, claimed responsibility.
The girls’ abduction galvanized the global community and spawned the “Bring Back Our Girls” social media campaign. The awareness effort evolved into a global movement of support for the girls and their families; those involved have unrelentingly pressed the Nigerian government to find the girls and to take swift action to return them to their homes. More than a year later, the status of most of the girls remains unclear (some have escaped and returned to their families), but most—219—are still missing.
Though the highly publicized abduction of the Chibok girls turned the world’s attention to the fate of those particular young women, it also helped illuminate more broadly the global epidemic of violence against young people. #BringBackOurGirls has become synonymous with violence against children, especially girls, writ large.
While the Chibok girls have yet to be found, Nigeria (or as locals call it, Naija), is under new leadership—and it’s getting serious about protecting its young people.