Today, April 14, 2015, marks one year since more than 250 girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by Islamic militant group Boko Harem. When the news went international, many took to social media using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls in an effort to bring awareness to the horrific act.
While many remain very hopeful about the return of the girls 365 days later, there are still 219 girl still missing. Nigeria president-elect Muhammadu Buhari shared that although he is hopeful, he must be honest and realistic about the return of the young ladies to their families.
“We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown,” Buhari said in a statement. “As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them.”
The popular phrase used when searching for the young ladies has been changed from #BringBackOurGirls to #NeverToBe Forgotten.
In the video above, 219 young ladies march through their hometown singing and chanting as they represent the 219 girls that are still missing.
Many news outlets have shared that they believe most the girls have been sold into marriages that extend all across Nigeria, dwindling the hope of their return.