On 14th April 2014, Boko Haram raided a girl’s secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria and kidnapped 250 girls who were taking their final exams.
Exactly one year later over 230 girls are still missing, imprisoned against their will, causing pain and anguish to their families and to all who care about their fate.
In solidarity with the families of the abducted girls, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in collaboration with the Center for Gender Studies and Advocacy (CEGENSA) organized a candlelight vigil on the 14th of April, 2015 to mark the first anniversary of their abduction, and to add their voices to the numerous calls to bring back our girls.
Addressing the audience at the event, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, H. E Nana Oye Lithur condemned the abduction and stated that her ministry is in full support of the Nigerian Government in the fight to free the girls. She also added that President John Mahama in his capacity as ECOWAS chair is actively involved in the fight to retrieve the girls.
Activities included a roll call of the missing girls, special readings dedicated to the girls, lighting of candles, musical interlude, a moment of silence in commemoration of the girls, and finally, a call on stakeholders to continue the fight to rescue the innocent Chibok girls.