As majority of the abducted Chibok girls mark 1,000 days under captivity, on Sunday, Malala Yousafzai, girls’ education activist and co-founder of the Malala Fund, says her “heart breaks for the families who long for their precious daughters”.
“1,000 days ago the Chibok girls were taken from their school and kidnapped by Boko Haram, the Nigerian extremist group that opposes education for girls. As millions of people around the world continue to pray for their safe return of those still missing, my heart breaks for the families who long for their precious daughters,” says Yousafzai
She said the Chibok girls who were captured by the militant group Boko Haram in their school were not alone as “thousands of other girls and women have been victimized by Boko Haram. As I did last year, I call on President Buhari of Nigeria – and everyone who can help rescue these daughters and protect the brave girls who still dare to go to school – to act now.”
“The men who took the Chibok girls and others like them cannot take away their courage or the love of their families. I still hold hope that one day the girls will come home, finish their education and choose their futures for themselves. I stand with all girls, as I know how it feels to have your education taken away and your dreams threatened,” says Yousafzai.
It would be recalled that the 276 Chibok school girls whose abduction sparked global outrage, were ceased by Boko Haram from their school dormitories in an overnight raid on their school in the remote town of Chibok, northeastern Nigeria, in April 2014. And despite continues pressure on the Nigerian government by the Bring Back Our Girls movement; around 195 of the girls are still believed to be under Boko Haram’s captivity.