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Two years later, Nigerian girls still missing

Two years later, Nigerian girls still missing

  By Gideon Arinze Chijioke Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu State, Nigeria – It is two years today and the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls still remain missing. The kidnapping of more than 250 girls from a secondary school in Chibok triggered international outrage.  The hashtag #bringbackourgirls started a campaign for their safe return and according to The Guardian newspaper, it was tweeted over a million times. High profiles figures such as U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Pakistani education advocate Malala … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boko Haram, Gideon Arinze Chijioke, Nigeria, terrorism

Nigeria’s New President Promises To Tackle Boko Haram, National Economy And More

Nigeria’s New President Promises To Tackle Boko Haram, National Economy And More

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Insecurity, endemic corruption, fuel and power shortages will be tackled head on, Nigeria’s new leader, President Muhammadu Buhari told a cheering crowd at his inauguration ceremony Friday in Eagles Square nestled in the capital city of Abuja. “Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us,” he said with a tone full of optimism. “We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix … Read entire article »

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Nigerians Mark A Year Since Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

Nigerians Mark A Year Since Boko Haram Terrorists Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirls

Arinze Chijioke / youthjournalism.org Salamatu Usman called the kidnapping of the Chibok girls a crime against humanity. By Linus Okechukwu Correspondent Youth Journalism International ENUGU, Nigeria – It was a mild Monday morning on April 14, 2014 as commuters around Nigeria’s capital Abuja prepared to take on the day and eke out a living. As it was the morning rush hour, commuters at the Nyanya bus station on the outskirts of Abuja chattered away, getting ready to board buses shuttling across … Read entire article »

Filed under: #BringBackOurGirls, Arinze Chijioke, Boko Haram, Festus Iyorah, Ifeanyi Onyekere, Linus Okechukwu, Nchetachi Chukwuajah, Nigeria, school violence, terrorism

Schoolgirls Still Missing A Year Later

Schoolgirls Still Missing A Year Later

By Festus Iyorah Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International IBADAN, Oyo, Nigeria – Nigerians shifted their attention from the recently concluded national election as they remembered the first year anniversary of the more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.  After a myriad of terrorist attacks in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram – which is striving to create an Islamic state – ignited global outrage as they abducted the girls in the wee hours of April 14 from a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boko Haram, Festus Iyorah, Ibadan, Malala Yousafzai, Nigeria, Oyo State, school violence, violence

From A Nigerian Sister, An Open Letter To The Kidnapped Chibok Girls, A Year Later

From A Nigerian Sister, An Open Letter To The Kidnapped Chibok Girls, A Year Later

By Mary Umeoguaju Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International Anambra, Nigeria April 14, 2015 My dear sisters, How are you? Hope you are fine and in good health. These questions seem to be insignificant to ask of my sisters who have been missing in Chibok since 14th of April 2014, but I still think we need to ask them. It’s been a year and I haven’t heard from you and neither have my fellow Nigerians. It is unfortunate. I’ve never had any personal contact with … Read entire article »

Filed under: #BringBackOurGirls, Anambra, Boko Haram, Mary Umeoguaju, Nigeria, school violence, terrorism, violence

We Must Cry, Until The Missing Girls Return

We Must Cry, Until The Missing Girls Return

By Nchetachi Chukwuajah Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International ABIA, Nigeria – When in 1948 South African author Alan Paton chose to entitle his book Cry, the Beloved Country, it probably did not occur to him that Nigeria would need to do that after over five decades. Nigeria should cry, wail even, that after 365 days it was not able to deliver more than 200 of its daughters from the tight grips of their abductors. We have waited too long for … Read entire article »

Filed under: #BringBackOurGirls, Abia, Boko Haram, Nchetachi Chukwuajah, Nigeria, school violence, terrorism, violence

One Year After Their Kidnapping, The Missing Chibok Girls Are Not Forgotten

One Year After Their Kidnapping, The Missing Chibok Girls Are Not Forgotten

By Ifeanyi Onyekere Junior Reporter Youth Journalism International OJI RIVER, Enugu, Nigeria – That time can heal the deepest pain or wound could sometimes be untrue especially when you lose possessions dear to you. It could die in the minds of others, in media headlines, in top discussions, but not in your heart. It’s the pain that sleeps and wakes with you, a heavy stone that hangs around your neck and spirit, drowning you into thicker darkness where your … Read entire article »

Filed under: #BringBackOurGirls, Boko Haram, Enugu, Ifeanyi Chris Onyekere, Nigeria, Oji River, school violence, terrorism, violence

Will Missing Chibok Girls Ever Be Freed?

Will Missing Chibok Girls Ever Be Freed?

By Festus Iyorah Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – As we approach national elections next week, it is crystal clear that politicians have not been working assiduously towards the release of the Chibok girls who have been held prisoner by the hardline Boko Haram terrorist group since April 2014. Instead, they have been busy solving the political mathematics that would see them cruising to victory, leaving the parents of the missing girls to depend on a litany … Read entire article »

Filed under: #BringBackOurGirls, Boko Haram, Enugu, Festus Iyorah, Nigeria, Nsukka, terrorism, War

Nigerians Losing Their Homes, Churches, Schools And Worst Of All, Their Hope

Nigerians Losing Their Homes, Churches, Schools And Worst Of All, Their Hope

U.S. State Department map Festus Iyorah Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Following the insurgency that rocked Nigeria in 2014, I thought we would flip across another new page this year without experiencing more bloodletting. But I was wrong, as the recent terrorist attack in Baga, Borno state in northeastern Nigeria showed. The assault by Boko Haram, which cut a swath through Baga, has been called the deadliest in its history. According to estimates by Amnesty International, the terrorist … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boko Haram, Enugu, Festus Iyorah, Nigeria, Nsukka, terrorism, violence

Nigerians Are Fed Up With Boko Haram

Nigerians Are Fed Up With Boko Haram

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu State, Nigeria – In 2002, when Muslim cleric Mohammed Yusuf set up a religious complex, including a mosque and an Islamic school in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, Nigerians barely had reasons to fret. But few years later, everything changed. People became much more concerned because abductions, bombings, assassinations and wanton destruction have become commonplace. Analysts say that Yusuf’s religious complex was committed to spreading its teachings and recruiting … Read entire article »

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Boko Haram Terror Attacks: Even When The News Is Awful, He Cannot Turn Away

Boko Haram Terror Attacks: Even When The News Is Awful, He Cannot Turn Away

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Growing up as a youth in a country ravaged by insurgency and senseless communal clashes is a tragedy better imagined than experienced. But waking up with the premonition that there could yet be another bomb attack and fatalities is even worse. But what can we do when a group of cold-blooded terrorists disturb our peace and leave us with devastation and lifeless bodies to bury? What do … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boko Haram, Enugu, Linus Okechukwu, Nigeria, Nsukka, terrorism

Missing Nigerian Girls Not Forgotten; Students Renew Calls For Their Rescue

Missing Nigerian Girls Not Forgotten; Students Renew Calls For Their Rescue

Festus Iyorah / youthjournalism.org Nigerian girls hold signs with 179 to remember the 179 days the kidnapped girls from Chibok have been held by terrorists who abducted them in April. These children attended a talk with former Nigerian Education Minister Obiageli Ezekwesilieze at in Ibadan. By Festus Iyorah Reporter Youth Journalism International IBADAN, Oyo State, Nigeria – Though the visibility of the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign has declined, girls here haven’t forgotten nearly hundreds of girls kidnapped by … Read entire article »

Filed under: #BringBackOurGirls, Boko Haram, education, Festus Iyorah, Ibadan, Nigeria, Oyo State, terrorism

Searching For Hope After Nigerian Bombings

Searching For Hope After Nigerian Bombings

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Despite all the tribulations haunting us, we have remained optimistic, hoping for the release of the more 200 schoolgirls abducted last month in northeastern town of Chibok by militant group Boko Haram. We shared in the hope that terror would remain far away, especially with all the outrage and global attention garnered by the missing girls. The vast majority of Nigerians wanted few things less than to … Read entire article »

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With Abducted Girls Still Missing, Nigeria’s Young Women Want More Security

With Abducted Girls Still Missing, Nigeria’s Young Women Want More Security

Festus Iyorah / youthjournalism.org Odinaka Uroko, 17, a graduating student of the University of Nigeria Secondary School, is frustrated with the fact that hundreds of teenage girls from her country were abducted and remain missing. By Linus Okechukwu, Senior Reporter And Festus Iyorah, Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Following global outrage at the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, the atmosphere here is filled with sadness, anger and frustration.  Virtually everyone has … Read entire article »

Filed under: #BringBackOurGirls, Africa, Boko Haram, Festus Iyorah, Linus Okechukwu, Nigeria, Nsukka, school security, terrorism

Missing Nigerian Girls ‘Should Not Be Traded Off Like Cheap Materials In The Market’

Missing Nigerian Girls ‘Should Not Be Traded Off Like Cheap Materials In The Market’

By Linus Okechukwu Senior Reporter Youth Journalism International NSUKKA, Enugu, Nigeria – Life is a mystery: today turns out great, but tomorrow brings you nothing but sorrow. You see smiles here, but tears at the end of the road. And I can imagine the tears resting on the faces of those troubled mothers of Chibok whose daughters were stolen away and remain missing. I can understand the unspoken pains perched on the lips of the people of Chibok and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Boko Haram, Enugu, Linus Okechukwu, Nigeria, Nsukka, terrorism