Missing Nigerian girls: whatever happened to #Bringbackourgirls?
Three months on from Nigeria's mass schoolgirl abduction, Colin Freeman looks at why the girls are still missing - and charts the rise of their captors, Boko Haram
By Colin Freeman
7:00AM BST 14 Jul 2014
PART 1: FADING HOPES
Three months after its schoolgirls vanished into the clutches of Boko Haram militants, Chibok has become the town that never sleeps. For the mothers of those missing from this dusty northern Nigerian town, nightfall is a time when rest proves impossible, when three hours of fitful dozing is the most one can hope for. And for the fathers, it is a time for round the-clock-vigils, patrolling the edges of town in case of yet more attacks.
With Nigerian security forces now belatedly stationed around Chibok, there should be no need for neighbourhood watch duty. Yet two weeks ago, in a sign of how thin the government's writ still runs, Boko Haram attacked two villages just six miles away, killing more than 30 people and razing four churches to the ground.
"We have no idea when they might suddenly attack again," said Henry Wasi*, 46, whose 16-year-old daughter is among the 223 girls still missing."My wife is praying every day at the church, because she knows it is now only God who will bring back our girls."