- Title: Nigerians mark anniversary of Chibok girls' abduction
- Date: 8th April 2017
- Summary: ABUJA, NIGERIA (APRIL 8, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CHIBOK AMBASSADORS PLANTING TREES, WITH HELP FROM 'BRING BACK OUR GIRLS' MEMBERS VARIOUS OF CHIBOK AMBASSADORS COVERING THE DUG GROUND VARIOUS OF CHIBOK AMBASSADORS AND BRING BACK OUR GIRLS LEADER TYING RED RIBBONS TO PLANTED TREE (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF CHIBOK COMMUNITY ABUJA, HOSEA TSAMBIDO, SAYING: "Planting of this tree, it is not actually remembrance but it is to make us to have in mind as far as we see this tree is alive, tell us that Chibok girls are alive. Therefore, do not stop demanding for their coming back. Once we come here we see this tree telling us that your girls are still alive, don't stop demanding for their coming." VARIOUS OF CHIBOK AMBASSADORS TYING RED RIBBONS TO TREES CHIBOK AMBASSADORS WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) 'BRING BACK OUR GIRLS' LEADER, AISHA YESUFU, SAYING: "Basically, we tied the red ribbons as reminder, reminder to us all, to the nation that we have 195 of our Chibok girls that are out there and they are waiting to be brought back home. They went to school to get educated, they went to be good citizens of this nation and they have been taken away. Today is a thousand and ninety days they have been taken away and they are not yet brought back, so as long as we see those red ribbons we remember our Chibok girls that are out there, and so whoever is walking by and seeing the red ribbons it's just to remind them and say to them: look, 195 Chibok girls are waiting for your voices, come lend that voice and ensure that the government does the right thing and bring them back home." VARIOUS OF ABUJA STREET SCENE / THREE CHIBOK AMBASSADORS WALKING WITH BANNERS IN STREET
- Embargoed: 22nd April 2017 16:09
- Keywords: Nigeria Chibok Ambassadors 200 school girls Bring Back Our Girls
- Location: ABUJA, NIGERIA
- City: ABUJA, NIGERIA
- Country: Nigeria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016BJFXVR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Campaigners in Nigeria's capital Abuja gathered on Saturday (April 8) to plant trees and tie ribbons, marking the third anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 pupils by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Aisha Yesufu, the leader of 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaign, said their aim is to remind people of the kidnapped schoolgirls and to ensure that the government will do "the right thing and bring them (Chibok girls) back home".
A total of 276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from Chibok in 2014 in one of the most infamous actions of their insurgency. More than 20 were released in October in a deal brokered by the International Red Cross. Others have escaped or been rescued but about 200 are believed to be still in captivity.
Boko Haram has killed 15,000 people and displaced more than two million during a seven-year-old insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.
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