April 14, 2014
276 schoolgirls, between 16- and 18-years-old, are kidnapped by the extremist organization Boko Haram
The girls were taken by members of Boko Haram — a militant organization also referred to as the Islamic State in West Africa — disguised as guards in the early morning hours of April 14. Over the next few months, 57 were able to escape but 219 remained missing.
It is believed Boko Haram is planning to use the girls for negotiations, and the girls who escaped have informed police the non-Islamic girls have been forced to covert to Islam, and all girls regardless of previous religion have been forced to marry members of the Boko Haram who paid a “bride price” (similar to a dowry in which the groom pays the bride’s parents a small gift of money) of approximately $12.50 each.
As of 2018, over 100 are still missing and a dozen are presumed dead.