By Jasmine Saunders
Over 200 young school girls from Chibok, Nigeria are still held hostage, seemingly without an end in sight.Since 2009, many young women, girls and boys have been kidnapped by the Islamic extrem-ist group Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The young boys are forced to become fighters for the group, while the young girls and women have an even worse fate.They are forced to convert to Islam, and later forced into mar-riages.Marriage is sacred in Islam, which theoretically keeps them in bondage.
With the marriages, these young girls and women are raped and forced to become laborers.There was supposed to be an immediate ceasefire to the five year fight in the lands of hun-dreds of thousands displaced Nigerians in the north, according to Nigeria’s military chief, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh on Oc-tober 17th.
However, according to ABC News, there was a video recently released on Oct. 31 where Boko. Haram leader Abubakar Shekau denies ever agreeing to a ceasefire. In a separate video, he even goes further and says this chilling statement to the parents of the young women and girls: “If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you…to die from grief.”
Yet, despite these hor-rors, this story has very little coverage in national media; especially in the United States. It seems the Chibok young people have been forgotten; they aren’t the“hot topic” too much anymore.
These girls need everyone’s help to get back to their families safely. They don’t deserve to be forgot-ten and displaced in the lineups of news outlets across the nation.