Seven years after hundreds of schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram jihadists in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, more than 100 are still missing, Amnesty International said Wednesday.
Several more mass kidnappings of schoolchildren have occurred in northern Nigeria since Chibok, resulting in hundreds of schools being shut in a region where the literacy rate and school enrolment are already very low.
On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram gunmen seized 276 girls aged between 12 and 17 from the Government Girls Secondary School in the remote town of Chibok in Borno state.
“Although most escaped or were later released, more than 100 girls remain in captivity,” Amnesty International said in a statement.
There have been at least five mass abductions of school children in northern Nigeria since December, and the threat of further attacks has led to the closure of about 600 schools in the region, the rights groups added.
“Whatever authorities are doing to tame this tide, it is not working,” said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria.