*A solemn milestone was marked in Nigeria today as the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls was remembered; and moreover, how unsuccessful the attempts to bring them back have been. Exactly 100 days after the girls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists Boko Haram, 219 of them are still missing, a presidential committee said.
In the three months since they were taken, at least 11 of their parents have died, residents told The Associated Press.
According to NBC News, the militants’ continue to be relentless in their attacks throughout Nigeria and continue to balk at international pleas for the girls’ release. Nearly 60 students managed to escape from the thick jungle where most of them are still believed to be captive, but the AP has reported that at least 20 others are ill, and at least two have died of snake bites.
Seven of the girls’ fathers have been killed in militant attacks this month near their hometown of Chibok, and at least four other parents have died from stress-related illnesses such as heart failure and others that the community attributes to trauma from the girls’ abduction. A health worker offered the AP one ray of hope: The escapees, who at first refused to talk about their experience, are now participating in music and art therapy, though they are still gravely concerned about their missing classmates.
Malala Yousafzai, no stranger to militant torture and attack, visited with families of the kidnapped girls saying, “They are my sisters,” and vows to dedicate her efforts to #Bringbackourgirls. The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by extremists, and survived to spur the “I am Malala” campaign.
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