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Nigeria Kidnappings

Boko Haram Offers To Swap Chibok Girls For Detained Militants, Activist Says

AP | Posted 07.09.2015 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's Boko Haram extremists are offering to free more than 200 young women and girls kidnapped from a boarding school in th...

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.

Crowd Beats To Death Teenage Girl Suspected Of Being Suicide Bomber, Sets Body Ablaze

AP | SHEHU SAULAWA | Posted 03.01.2015 | World

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of planning to be a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, accordin...

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."

Dozens More Girls Abducted By Boko Haram In Nigeria

AP | HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 12.27.2014 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Dozens of girls and young women are being abducted by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria, raising doubts about an ann...

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...

More Kidnappings Reported In Nigeria

AP | HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 08.23.2014 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Extremists have abducted 91 more people, including toddlers as young as 3, in weekend attacks on villages in Nigeria, witn...

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...

Nigeria's President Cancels Visit To Kidnapped Girls' Town

AP | HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 07.16.2014 | World

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Amid apparent security concerns, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan cancelled a trip Friday to the traumatized town wher...

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.

Nigerian Extremist Leader Vows To Hold Kidnapped Girls For Ransom

AP | MICHELLE FAUL and SUNDAY ALAMBA | Posted 07.12.2014 | World

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Under the guns of their captors, dozens of barefoot girls sat huddled together wearing gray Muslim veils as they chanted Quran...

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.