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New Documentary Highlights Need For Continued Reportage And Visibility Of Chibok Girls

A new documentary by Women Radio amplifies the voices of the parents and siblings of some of the Chibok girls still in captivity. Stakeholders present at the film screening emphasised the need for the government to maintain communication with the parents of the girls.

The Nigerian government has not been active enough in rescuing abducted Chibok girls, a documentary by Women Radio has said.

This was revealed during a documentary screening held on Saturday, May 20.

The documentary, titled “Nine Years: Life After The Chibok Abduction,” which features the siblings and parents of some of the abducted Chibok girls decried the inadequacy and laxity in the government’s attitude towards the rescue of the girls who are still in captivity. The parents lamented that the government is “not consistent in reaching out to them.”

The documentary also showed that about 37 parents of the abducted girls have died out of the trauma brought on by the abduction of their children.

Adding to the complaints by the relatives of the girls, Gloria Pudu, Executive Director of the Leah Sharibu Foundation said that the Nigerian government has also been non-communicative with Leah’s family and has in fact not reached out to the family since 2020.

Leah Sharibu, who Pudu’s foundation is named after, is one of the 115 Dapchi girls abducted in 2018; while all the girls (excluding five who died of suffocation and trampling) were later released, the terrorists have refused to release Leah because of her refusal to denounce her Christian religion.

Nine years ago, Boko Haram terrorists invaded a school in Chibok and abducted 276 schoolgirls, sparking the #BringBackOurGirls movement across the world. About 183 of those girls have regained their freedom while 93 are still in captivity and others are unaccounted for.

Journalists present at the screening also discussed other issues such as the lack of transparency in the disbursement of funds budgeted for the different projects for the released girls and their families.

During the screening, the incoming administration led by Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima was urged to ensure that the remainder of the girls is released.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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