#BringBackOurGirls: events held around the world on anniversary of Chibok abductions

Chibok girls, Children in conflicts, Girls' education, Safe schools

The Chibok Girl Ambassadors prepare to march in Abuja

Events are being held around the world today on the anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their school in Chibok.

In the capital Abuja, 219 girls took part in a procession to mark the number of girls still missing after being taken by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014.

#BringBackOurGirls is trending on Twitter across the world as prayers, vigils and marches are held in many countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Chile.

A World at School has released a video today to mark the anniversary and to call on world leaders to act now to stop attacks on schools – which are at their worst levels for 40 years. You can watch it here.

A UNICEF report called Missing Childhoods – released on the eve of the anniversary – has revealed that 800,000 children have been forced to flee from Boko Haram’s campaign of violence in northeast Nigeria. And an Amnesty International report says at least 2000 Nigerian girls and women have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014.

Here is a flavour of what is happening today to mark one year since the awful events at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok – when 219 girls were abducted just because they wanted an education. We will be adding tweets and pictures as events are held.


New Zealand is first to honor the Chibok Girls on April 14th:”Nelson College for Girls students in Nelson, New…

Posted by Bring Back Our Girls on Monday, 13 April 2015

A World at School Global Youth Ambassador Yassin Choye is pictured below at a #BringBackOurGirls vigil in Washington, D.C.

Photos from the GLOBAL SCHOOL GIRL MARCH in Los Angeles.

Posted by Bring Back Our Girls on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Here’s another Global Youth Ambassador, Doorita Seeruttun, with friends at a vigil in London.

You can make your voice heard by signing the #UpForSchool Petition – which calls on world leaders to keep their promise to get every child into school, without fear of danger or discrimination.

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