#BringBackOurGirls: How the story is being covered


Nigerians demand their government do more to bring home kidnapped schoolgirls. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Here’s a round-up of the day’s best coverage of the ongoing crisis in Nigeria involving hundreds of kidnapped school girls:

  • Nigeria-based Vanguard News reports that Boko Haram kidnapped 11 more girls on Monday from a village in Northeastern Nigeria;
  • Allafrica.com carries another Vanguard News story that a coalition of youth and students promise to mobilize a national hunger strike if the abducted Chibok girls are not released by May 24. That date is 40 days from April 14, when more than 370 female students were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents;
  • The Associated Press published its interview with a 16-year-old who escaped the abductors in Chibok. Among new details: School guards fought for an hour before fleeing the insurgents;
  • The Washington Post and several other outlets say United States Secretary of State John Kerry called Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan with an offer to send a team of American law enforcement and military experts to find the missing school girls;
  • The Nigerian-based blog 360Nobs posts photos from a #bringbackourgirls rally held outside the Nigeria High Commission Office in London;
  • A 2012 BBC report, “Who Are Nigeria‚Äôs Boko Haram Islamists,” provides background information on the group responsible for the kidnappings;
  • The Washington Post answers eight basic questions about the abduction, the Nigerian government’s response to it, and the Nigerian protests that have lead to international outrage.

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