by Cecilia Sinkala
– The kidnapping happened in Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.
– Boko Haram militants attacked the Girls Government Secondary School and killed two soldiers out of fifteen that were guarding the school.
– Approximately 276 girls were kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into convoys.
– Some girls escaped by jumping off of and running out of the vehicles.
– The Nigerian military stated: “Just eight of the 129 abducted school girls were still missing.”
– Parents of the kidnapped girls registered over 230 girls missing.
– The military retracts their initial statement.
– This is the first use of #BringBackOurGirls on Twitter.
– Former Vice President of World Bank Africa Dr. Oby Ezekwesil demanded the release of the girls, saying, “Bring back the girls.”
– She tweets the statement and adds the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.
– Eight more girls escape over the weekend.
– A total of 52 girls have escaped.
– News outlets begin reporting that Boko Haram is selling the girls and trafficking them to Chad and Cameroon.
– There is a One Million Women March in Abuja, Nigeria, that includes mothers and families of missing girls, women from Chibok, and hundreds of Nigerians in protest about government and military response.
– There is an international spike in the use of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag in response to the news that the girls were being sold into sexual slavery.
– John Kerry issues the first official U.S. government response to Nigeria.
– He states that the U.S. will help in search for missing girls during a speech in Ethiopia.
– Three weeks after the girls are abducted; President Goodluck Jonathan makes statement vowing to find them.
– Jonathan is under pressure and criticism from the families and the international community.
– Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau publishes a video saying they will sell the girls on the international “human market.”
– Reports of 11 more girls kidnapped from two more Borno state villages.
– President Obama makes statement that the U.S will send help to the Nigerian military and government, including small team of advisors on military, hostage situations, and law enforcement.
– Michelle Obama posts a photo of her holding a sign of #BringBackOurGirls onto Twitter and Instagram.
– Boko Haram releases a video showing the kidnapped girls for the first time.
– The leader says he will release the girls in exchange for the release of a Boko Haram member being held prisoner by the Nigerian government.