Chibok Girls’ Safe Return Must Remain Top of Mind

Chibok Girls’ Safe Return Must Remain Top of Mind
Chibok Girls Must Remain Top of Mind

Chibok Girls Remain Our Global Goal

While the U.N. charges forward with seventeen wonderful Global Goals (, 200+ girls, their families, and countless others are pleading for World leaders to stand up and f’ing do something about the goals we’ve not yet met – specifically, rescueing our Chibok girls from the  Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Boko Haram, which calls itself Wilāyat Gharb Ifrīqīyyah, and Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād’, is based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon (Wikipedia). *According to Africa Check, a project of the AFP Foundation, the armed Boko Haram insurgents, on April 14, 2014, took over a government-run boarding secondary school in the town of Chibok in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, and abducted the girls from their dorms.

Over a year later and after numerous vigils and global marches, we are still hopeful that our girls will return home. But I can’t help but ask HOW we can be so impossibly powerless, that we cannot figure out how to stop a regime that nobody with any sense or dignity even likes?!!!!! It makes ZERO sense to me. It took 10 years to find Osama Bin Laden, but he was just one man. Surely finding 200+ captive girls should be a simpler task.

Like so many others, I cannot – I WILL NOT lose faith or stop pushing forward for answers. Losing the battle to find our Chibok girls is losing the battle for humanity. In everything we do – every goal we set – let us not forsake those who are depending on us to keep searching until they are found. Let us #BringBackOurGirls – and let their safe return be everyone’s Global Goal. Sincerely with all my heart, ~KD♥

For democracy to function, public figures need to be held to account for what they say.

~Mike Smith, Lagos bureau chief for AFP news agency from 2010-2013. His book, “Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War” is available from IB Tauris. Mike Smith’s quote originally appeared in an article written for Africa Check, a non-partisan organisation which promotes accuracy in public debate and the media. Twitter @AfricaCheck.