The Identity of Man Negotiating Release of Nigerian Girls Is Suspicious

Last Friday, it was announced that Nigerian officials and leaders of Boko Haram had reached a cease-fire deal in Chad that could potentially lead to the release of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April. But various sources have become increasingly doubtful of Boko Haram's representative—a Saudi Arabian man named… » 10/21/14 2:30pm 10/21/14 2:30pm

​Boko Haram Allegedly Negotiating the Release of Kidnapped School Girls

It has been about five months since over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria, by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. It has been assumed that many of the girls were to be sold off as "wives," but apparently Boko Haram is in talks with Nigerian government officials and the International… » 9/21/14 3:45pm 9/21/14 3:45pm

​Wife of Cameroon's Vice Prime Minister Kidnapped in Boko Haram Attack

According to Cameroonian officials, this morning members of the Boko Haram insurgency launched an attack on the home of Cameroonian Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, and kidnapped his wife. At least three people were killed in the attack. In a separate strike, local religious leader and mayor Seini Boukar Lamine was » 7/27/14 12:36pm 7/27/14 12:36pm

​Nigerian Defense Chief Announces Abducted Girls Have Been Located

Provisionally good news: Nigeria's Air Marshal Alex Barde announced that the location of the nearly 300 missing Nigerian girls has been discovered. However, he is reticent to immediately use force to actually rescue the girls, fearing that such a move could put the girls at more risk. But details of their whereabouts… » 5/26/14 6:27pm 5/26/14 6:27pm

Six Nigerian Girls Share Their Boko Haram Escape Stories

Six of the 53 Nigerian girls who escaped Boko Haram kidnappers last month are speaking out. One girl named Kuma Ishaku told the New York Times that the men came into their school at night shouting first that they were the military, and later that they were Boko Haram. Some who were forced into the trucks decided to… » 5/15/14 1:00pm 5/15/14 1:00pm

Girl In Viral #BringBackOurGirls Photo Neither Nigerian Nor Abducted

This week, Twitter and Facebook's highly visible #BringBackOurGirls campaign highlighted the plight of 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. One problem: the most visible images used in that campaign are pictures of girls that aren't Nigerian. Or kidnapped. Or even technically girls… » 5/09/14 1:00pm 5/09/14 1:00pm

Not Even Al Qaeda Can Support Boko Haram Kidnapping the Nigerian Girls

Boko Haram’s penchant for stealing and killing schoolchildren may be more than even Al Qaeda can condone. As social media activists and even First Lady Michelle Obama spread the #bringbackourgirls hashtag, commenters on Islamist radical sites are worried that their Nigerian brothers might be doing too much and too… » 5/08/14 6:30pm 5/08/14 6:30pm

First Lady Michelle Obama Tweets Support for #BringBackOurGirls

On the heels of yet another group of Nigerian girls abducted by Islamist militants on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the social media campaign to rescue the missing. In a twitpic on Wednesday, the FLOTUS held a sign reading #bringbackourgirls, adding to the international digital pressure upon the Nigerian… » 5/07/14 6:30pm 5/07/14 6:30pm

More Girls Were Kidnapped in Nigeria, None Have Been Rescued

In Nigeria, 8-11 more girls have been kidnapped, possibly by the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, depending on conflicting reports. And as the international community grows more active with social media pressure and Senatorial letters to President Obama, the shame surrounding the Nigerian government seems to grow.… » 5/07/14 1:25pm 5/07/14 1:25pm