Preventing Boko Haram Abductions of Schoolchildren in Nigeria

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Four years after the abductions in Chibok, and months after more kidnappings in Dapchi, over 100 schoolgirls are still missing.

Nigeria must act to make schools safe – beefing up security, learning from past mistakes and, ultimately, working to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

  • What’s new?

In February, a faction of the jihadist Boko Haram movement, seized 113 children from Dapchi in north east Nigeria.

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It later released 107 of them.

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This comes four years after militants captured 276 girls from Chibok, another north-eastern town, 112 of whom are still missing.

  • Why did it happen?

The incident shows the difficulty of protecting vast areas vulnerable to such attacks. But Nigerian authorities’ missteps also played a…

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