#BringBackOurGirls Timeline

by Cecilia Sinkala

April 14

–       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.

April 16

–       The Nigerian military stated: “Just eight of the 129 abducted school girls were still missing.”

April 17

–       Parents of the kidnapped girls registered over 230 girls missing.

–       The military retracts their initial statement.

April 23

–       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.

April 28

–       Eight more girls escape over the weekend.

–       A total of 52 girls have escaped.

April 30

–       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.

May 3

–       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.

May 4

–       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.

May 5

–       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.

May 6

–       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.

May 7

–       Michelle Obama posts a photo of her holding a sign of #BringBackOurGirls onto Twitter and Instagram.

May 12

–       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.


–       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Chibok_kidnapping

–       https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls


–       http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/07/nigeria-boko-haram-mass-kidnapping-vital-questions

–       http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/15/world/africa/nigeria-girls-abducted/

–       http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/04/nigerias-stolen-girls.html

–       http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27101714

–       http://mashable.com/2014/05/06/nigeria-girls-bringbackourgirls/

–       http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/kerry-us-will-help-nigeria-abductees/2014/05/03/2f6f5a2a-d2a2-11e3-a044-0f2dc5276cee_story.html

–       http://time.com/89665/boko-haram-nigeria-girls/

–       http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/missing-nigeria-schoolgirls/boko-haram-video-well-exchange-nigerian-girls-prisoners-n102841



About janpatricequarles

MTSU Professor of Mass Communication
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