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Nigeria Kidnappings

This Chibok Mother Just Spoke in Washington DC, And You'll Be Devastated By Her Story

Kristin Wright | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
Kristin Wright

Mary, the mother of one of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls, speaks in Washington DC on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Photo: Katherine Ruddy, Standwithnige...

How Shouting 'Messi!' Helped An Argentine Man Survive A Kidnapping

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.06.2015 | Sports

"Messi" is the new international safe word.

Peer, an Alternative Look at the Boko Haram Kidnapping

Madeline Cottingham | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Madeline Cottingham

On April 14, 2014, nearly a year ago, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, between the ages of 16 and 18, in the town of Chibok. The Nigerian government has so far proven powerless in their pursuit of the militant organization that now controls most of northeastern Nigeria. Although the twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls was quickly picked up by commercial media and popularized by Michelle Obama, it gathered less than 9,000 followers and did little to galvanize the world.

Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap Over 172 Women, Children In Nigeria

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

By Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kidnapped 172 women and children and killed 35 other people on Sund...

A Sad Day for Girls, Women and Human Rights

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 01.01.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

This is a sad day for human rights and especially for female children. Today Boko Haram gleefully announced that the 200 schoolgirls they kidnapped months ago have been "converted" to Islam and "married off."

The Transformative Power of Our Stories

Danielle Chivers | Posted 09.20.2014 | Women
Danielle Chivers

"No more holding back. No more pleasing you. No more making myself small to make you more. I am here, and I am going to take up space. I am going ...

Man Arrested In Connection With Abduction Of Missing Nigerian Girls

Reuters | Posted 08.30.2014 | World

(Updates with details of arrests) MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, June 30 (Reuters) - Nigerian troops have arrested a businessman suspected of bei...

How to Combat Nigeria's Boko Haram

Harris Zafar | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Harris Zafar

If Boko Haram is unwilling -- and the Nigerian government is unable -- to end the ongoing streak of injustices, terror and chaos, then more international pressure will be needed.

Using Open Source Intelligence to Track Boko Haram Tactics

Joshua Wallace | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Joshua Wallace

Using datasets such as the Armed Conflict Location Database, we can now robustly examine the patterns and trends of Boko Haram activity, and how the group may be evolving.

Beyond Hashtags and Resolutions: What It Will Take to End Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Free The Slaves

While hashtag activism and expressions of outrage are important, they will not be enough to eradicate slavery. What's needed is a concerted global campaign that's equal to the scope of slavery's worldwide reach.

Lifesaving Convictions

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

Though terrorism is an insidious threat, the biggest risk to Africa's children is disease, which often can be prevented through routine immunization.

Why We Feel Others' Pain -- or Don't

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.24.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

What is it that makes two minds respond so differently to the same encounter with misfortune?

What's a Woman Worth? What's a Girl Worth?

Rosjke Hasseldine | Posted 07.19.2014 | Women
Rosjke Hasseldine

There is a direct connection between women being undervalued and women internalizing this attitude and undervaluing themselves.

Some Countries Spend More On Domestic Violence Costs Than On Primary Education: Report

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

A report out this week from the World Bank Group examined some of the challenges facing women around the world and uncovered some unequivocally devast...

Boko Haram's Green Screen

MP Nunan | Posted 07.13.2014 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group that abducted 276 students from a girls school, has sought to add to their notoriety through the release of vi...

There's Work to be Done

Amy Cooper | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Amy Cooper

As the world watches in horror and keeps their fingers crossed for the safe return of the 300-plus girls captured in Nigeria, there has been much conf...

Twitter Won't #BringBackOurGirls

Jesse Larner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Jesse Larner

Sorry, but I have to say this: Am I the only left-leaning person who finds Michelle Obama's ‪#‎BringBackOurGirls‬ tweet to be smug, opportunistic and worse than useless?

The Boko Haram Kidnappings: What You Can Do

Auren Kaplan | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

You might not be able to bring back the girls kidnapped in Nigeria with your support now, but you can ensure that the world takes preventive steps to ensure that women and girls are protected, empowered, and educated -- fearlessly -- around the world.

Bring Back Our Girls and Let's Stop Ignoring Africa

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

The reality is, until things reach a critical point, the world tends to pay no attention to hostilities or challenges in Africa. If you don't believe me, just take a look at modern history.

Lost Girls Are Everywhere

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.12.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

Religious leaders should examine their own practices to root out injustices against women that, in the most extreme twisted minds, become justification for the most horrific crimes.

Boko Haram Is Not New

Craig S. Keener | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

The recent kidnapping of 300 girls in northern Nigeria has rightly ignited a fresh firestorm of concern about Boko Haram. We must be grateful that the world's attention has turned to this crisis.

These Famous Faces Are Tweeting To #BringBackOurGirls

Posted 05.09.2014 | World

Nearly a month after Islamists militants staged a mass kidnapping in the Nigerian state of Borno, more than 200 girls who were captured are still miss...

On the Abducted Schoolgirls in Nigeria

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

The Episcopal Church is horrified at the violence perpetrated against innocent schoolgirls in Nigeria, and the willingness of those who should be addressing this to look the other way.

Nigerian Schoolgirls Face Boko Haram and National Education Crisis

Laura N. Henderson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Laura N. Henderson

What schoolgirls have experienced in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State over the last few weeks is tragic and heartbreaking, and it only compounds the education and learning crisis that Nigeria already faces.

President: Kidnappings Are 'Beginning Of The End' For Nigeria Terrorism

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

By Matthew Mpoke Bigg ABUJA, May 8 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan pledged on Thursday to find more than 200 schoolgi...