Parents of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Gather for 10th Anniversary Service

It's been 10 years since the Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants. On April 14, parents gathered for a service.

NIGERIA — It’s been 10 years since the Chibok Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. More than 90 of the young women are still missing. On 14 April, parents of the girls gathered for a service to pray for the missing women.

Yakubu NkekiChibok, Nigeria:

My name is Yakubu Nkeki and I am the chairman of the parents of the Chibok girls who were kidnapped on 14 April 2014. Today makes it exactly ten years since these girls were taken. Amongst them, some were released while others were not. This is why I am speaking at the top of my voice for this nation.

MaryChibok, Nigeria:

My daughter’s name is Bilkisu. Honestly, now – after ten years of not seeing my daughter – I am so angry. If I hear others are being released, I ask myself if she is dead or alive, and when I go to ask, I get more disturbed.

HanatuChibok, Nigeria:

My daughter’s name is Saratu Dauda. She was released with three of her children, and she is currently in Maiduguri. Even those of us whose daughters have returned are still very bitter for the others who haven’t been released. We plead with them to please release them all.

MalamChibok, Nigeria:

My daughter’s name is Hauwa. My daughter has been there for ten years, and that has made me sick and disturbed. I am no longer able to go to the farm because of too much thinking.


My own cry is that the world should try anything possible to free our children or tell us if they are alive.


Prayer is our only solution. If not for prayer, we don’t know what else to do. We trust that, as God has released some, He will release them all.


What I want the world to know is that the government should help us find these girls whenever they are.


We have come to pray that God will rescue them, when there seems to be no way, and God will touch the heart of their abductors to release them.

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