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What happened to #BringBackOurGirls?

Dec 11, 2014

South Africans protest in solidarity against the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram and what protesters said was the failure of the Nigerian government and international community to rescue them, during a march to the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Credit Ben Curtis / AP Photo

This episode of Global Journalist is audio only.

Remember the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls? It was meant to draw attention to the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls, who were taken from their school in April by Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group based in northern Nigeria. A few of the girls were either able to escape, or were released. But, the international attention once given to the story has largely dissipated, and 219 of the schoolgirls are still missing. This week on Global Journalist, we look at Boko Haram, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and what steps are being taken to combat Islamic extremism in Nigeria. 

Our guests:

  • Alex Perry, the author of The Hunt for Boko Haram and a contributing editor for Newsweek
  • Darren Kew, an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston who has written extensively about conflict resolution in Nigeria
  • Rotimi Olawale, a spokesperson for the #BringBackOurGirls campaign