The families of over 140 pupils in Nigeria’s Kaduna State are suffering sleepless nights as they long for their children’s safe return. On Monday the pupils were abducted by armed men from the school premises of the Bethel Baptist High School in northwest Nigeria. Another 20 or so pupils were able to escape and have been reunited with their families.
According to reports by Reuters, the attack on this school is the 10th mass school kidnapping in northwest Nigeria since December.
Many of us will remember the abduction of 276 young girls in Chibok in 2014. It led to the #bringbackourgirls movement, which drew the support of global leaders, putting pressure on the Nigerian government to take action to end the abduction by terror groups.
More than seven years later, these abductions rage on and it’s not just Boko Haram to blame. Many of the armed men who carry out these abductions have created a business of kidnappings for ransom. A Lagos-based political risk analysis firm estimates that nearly 18 million pounds have been paid to bandits since 2011. 😳