Advancement in curbing terrorism has been bleak, especially after reports of attacks in Kano, Kaduna, Borno, and Yobe states in the past week. In addition, today marks Day 108 since the girls have been missing. The sheer existence of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign serves as a continual reminder of the lack of progress on rescuing the girls, the fleeting safety and security in the nation, and the refusal of many citizens to forget.
As of today, not one girl has been rescued by the military.
Unfortunately, even the wife of Cameroon’s Deputy Prime Minister became a victim of Boko Haram as she was kidnapped from her residence on Sunday but later rescued by Cameroon military forces. Cameroon has deployed troops to its northern region to support efforts to combat militants.
However, some good news came from the Nigerian military this week: Reports indicate that they will acquire more military hardware and increase the number of military forces.
It is not too late to lend your voice to the campaign. No matter where you are in the world, your voice is powerful. Just like the wall of missing girls in Lagos, the Kering Foundation in Paris has decided to host an exhibit to support the campaign.
Keep talking, and don’t give up hope.