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One thousand days ago, 276 girls were kidnapped in a small village of Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Some managed to escape and others were rescued by the Army, but there are still about 200 of those who are barely known, trapped in an uncertain captivity and driven to oblivion.


On April 14, 2014, ten trucks carrying fifty armed terrorists burst into the town of Chibok in the northeast of the country, setting fire to public buildings and homes.

After sowing the chaos, they went to the residence school of the population and they captured the minors.

An apathetic government, accustomed to kidnappings, beheadings and attacks by this Jihadist group, took 19 days to officially recognize the kidnapping, and it did so because of the media pressure by the international community.

Celebrities, activists and citizens demonstrated in different cities around the world and set fire to social networks with the “Bring back our girls” campaign while they, indifferent, lived a real torment

“I am who kidnapped them,” announced in a videotaped the leader of the armed group, Abubakar Shekau, almost a month later, accompanied by tens of girls dressed for the first time in a black chador, a type of Islamic veil which leaves the face uncovered.

Some of the approximately 57 girls who escaped within the next few days alerted the fact that the youngest hostages suffered up to 15 rapes a day and that the kidnappers were forcing them to convert to Islam.

They also said that they were threatened with slitting if they refused to follow their instructions and others, because of their virginity, were sold for 2,000 naira (less than 10 euros) or handed over as wives to sect leaders.

“The issue of the girls is forgotten because they have been married for a long time,” Shekau warned in another video, ripping the hope of parents desperately trying to recognize their daughters in the images in which a terrorist blackmailed them.

Terrorist group Boko Haram

Thus, Boko Haram gained international prominence, even before being sold as a franchise of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Africa by declaring its own Islamic caliphate in the north of the country.

At the moment this also holds the record of being the most ruthless terrorist group in the continent, with more than 20,000 dead and one million displaced persons.

However, time put off the world demand and the families of the victims were faced with reality. Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo considered the return of the abductees is “inconceivable”: “they will never be found, it is inconceivable to bring them all back. Do you think they still hold them all together?”

Figures and truths dance for those who can not believe in an army that has repeatedly announced the death of the leader of the Islamist group or has publicized peace agreemnts that involved the release of teenage girls. None of this turned was true.

However, the release of 21 of them in October last year, more than two years after the kidnapping, and another last Thursday – together with a six-month-old baby – still allow parents to dream of embracing their daughters.

“For a month and ten days we were without food (…) We never thought that this moment would come, but God made it possible,” celebrated Gloria Dame, one of the few victims who has achieved a happy end.

The testimonies of the released women maintain the hope of relatives, the only ones who still today count the nights of captivity with the illusion of returning the pencil and the notebook that they left 1,000 days ago to become slaves of terrorism in the name of Islam.

Nairobi, January 10, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
Ya se ha cumplido el tercer aniversario del secuestro de unas niñas.
Se han liberado a todas las niñas secuestradas por unos terroristas.
Unas niñas continúan secuestradas por unos terroristas.
Question 2
Según el texto...
La mitad de las niñas secuestradas han sido liberadas.
Más de la mitad de las niñas no han sido aún liberadas.
Unas pocas decenas de niñas no han sido aún liberadas.
Question 3
En el texto se dice que...
Esas niñas fueron secuestradas por Boko Haram hace un lustro.
Esas niñas fueron secuestradas por el EI hace más de dos años.
Esas niñas fueron secuestradas por Boko Haram hace más de dos años.
Question 4
¿Qué ocurrió cuando se produjo ese secuestro?
El gobierno nigeriano lanzó una campaña para pedir la liberación de las niñas.
Pocos medios de comunicación se hizo eco de lo sucedido.
Hubo una gran cobertura mediática pidiendo la liberación de las niñas.
Question 5
En el texto se dice que...
A pesar del tiempo transcurrido, el gobierno de Nigeria cree que liberará a todas las niñas.
Cada vez más personas se están uniendo a una campaña para pedir la liberación de las niñas.
A pesar de la cobertura mediática que hubo, ya casi nadie se acuerda de esas niñas.
Question 6
En el texto se dice que...
Boko Haram fue conocido en todo el mundo por este secuestro.
El EI es un grupo terrorista que está a las órdenes de Boko Haram.
Boko Haram solo fue conocido cuando se unió al EI.
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