Interview with @BringGirlsBack

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@BringGirlsBack is going to have a radio (podcast) interview with Walid Darab. He needs to be ready to answer questions and provide accurate details to an audience who may not have heard of the schoolgirls' abduction. Below are some of the question that Walid plans to ask. For each, we need a series of talking points (to use as cheat sheets) that can be consulted during the interview. Your help would be welcome to dig out the main facts from news reports and list them under the appropriate question.



I need to delegate more and more of my work. And at the present time, I need you to do my homework for me! ;)
- What I need is not a written speech.
- Put simple bullet points with key fact.
- Put most important facts at the top.
- I won't have time to check articles for answers during interview, so key facts must be ready.
- I may not use everything during interview, but that's OK.

The aim is to inform the listeners.


We can collate answers from
- wikipedia: (My! that wikipedia article has started to grow, at last!)
- Check links on wikipedia to more specific topics.
- from our own resources of news items:
- media coverage:
- Reactions:

Getting organized

If a handful of you could volunteer, that'd be great.
maybe 'adopt' one question and get on it, while another person checks the answers for another question.

Beware, this wiki is maybe not as sophisticated as wikipedia. If 2 people edit this page at the same time, it won't save. If this happens, don't panic: copy what you wrote, reload the page, then paste again.

The easiest would be: use Notepad, Word, Whatever, and compile your own private list. Then come here and copy/paste it all at once. Facts can then be easily sorted. This way it will minimise edit conflicts risks.


- ~276 female students
- kidnapped from the Government Secondary School, town of Chibok in Borno State, Northern Nigeria.
- The girls were in their final year of school, most of them aged 16 to 18.

Q1: When did this tragic event happen?

- night of 14–15 April 2014
- Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was: 8 March 2014
- 16 April 2014 South Korean ferry capsized ~260 deaths.

Q2: Who did it?

- Claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist organisation based in northeast Nigeria.
- Armed militants.

Q2b: Why?

- opposed to "Westernisation" of Nigeria.

Q2c: How?

- They stormed during the night.
- Dressed as ... ?

Q3: Who is / What is "Boko Haram"?

- It's an Islamic jihadist militant and terrorist organization based in the northeast of Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.
- Nigeria's militant Islamist group Boko Haram is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.
- Boko Haram = Hausa Language, spoken by 34 million people.
- It means: "Western education is sinful"

- opposed to "Westernisation" of Nigeria.
- seeks to establish a "pure" Islamic state ruled by sharia law.
- they target christian and western target.
- Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead since 2009.
- In February, Boko Haram militants murdered 59 schoolboys, and in the past months several other students and teachers.

The leader of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has said that more than 270 schoolgirls snatched from their dormitories were "slaves" whom he planned to sell in the market.
- Abubakar Shekau, the group's leader, said in a video seen by the Guardian.
"Women are slaves. I want to reassure my Muslim brothers that Allah says slaves are permitted in Islam," he added, in an apparent reference to an ancient tradition of enslaving women captured during jihad, or holy war.
Speaking in northern Nigeria's Hausa language during a rambling hour-long speech, he threatened further attacks on schools and warned the international community not to get involved in Nigeria. Shekau has previously called western education "a plot against Islam" and urged his fighters to kill students and teachers.
"I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine," he said at another point in the video.

Q3b: underlying issues in Nigeria:
- Oil rich, wealthy, mostly Christian South.
- much poorer, mostly Muslim North.
- social inequalities.
- inept government.
- interference by western governments (?) Oil interests ?
- 12th largest producer of petroleum in the world and the 8th largest exporter, and has the 10th largest proven reserves.

Q4: How long have they been kidnapped?

A: 3 weeks.

Q4b: fate of the girls:
- About 230 girls are still believed to be missing.
- last week: some of the girls sold for $12, forced to marry their abductors.
- Terrorist leader said in video:
"God instructed me to sell them, they are his properties and I will carry out his instructions,"
- Some taken across border to Cameroon.

Q5: Is the Nigerian government doing anything about this? If so, what are they doing?

- they did nothing at first.
- Then they did more of nothing.
- they couldn't do a proper a headcount
- Jonathan participated to political rallies.
- Presidential commission only set up after more than 2 weeks (what date?)

Nigeria police arrested 'Gbenga Sesan – the activist behind the popular Twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls –
and two women who helped organise protests calling for the government to do more to rescue the girls.

- Protest organiser Naomi Mutah was taken to a police station after a meeting called by First Lady Patience Jonathan.
- the girls' mothers had sent Ms Mutah to the meeting instead of going themselves.
- Mrs Jonathan is seen as a politically powerful figure in Nigeria but has no constitutional power to order arrests.

Q6: What is the international community doing?

A: Obama administration is sharing intelligence with Nigerian authorities and could provide other assistance.

Q7: What is the latest news coming from Nigeria?

A: BH threatens to sell the girls, theirs slaves, on the market

Q8: Anything we can do to help? What can we do?

- organize rallies.
- put pressure on our own governments so that they help/pressure Nigeria to rescue the girls.