10/31/2014 04:02 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2014

It's Been 200 Days Since Boko Haram Kidnapped 200 Girls. Nigerians Have Not Stopped Protesting


Activists in Nigeria marked a date they hoped would never come. On Friday, it's been 200 days since Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 200 girls from a school in the country's northeast.

The schoolgirls went missing on April 14, when Boko Haram militants raided their Chibok boarding school. On Oct. 17, the Nigerian government raised hopes of their return by announcing a ceasefire with the insurgents, but militant attacks have continued unabated and the schoolgirls remain in captivity.

In the Nigerian city of Lagos, activists rallied on Friday for the return of the girls, as well as the dozens of other people abducted by Boko Haram in the months since. Just last week, some 30 boys and girls were reportedly kidnapped by the militants.

The man behind the #BringBackOurGirls campaign -- which brought global attention to the Chibok kidnappings -- lamented that the world's focus has shifted since the start of the campaign. "But we here in Nigeria and a few others outside haven’t moved on," Ibrahim Abdullahi told The Guardian earlier this month. Every day, public protests and private vigils continue around Nigeria to remember their plight.