Nigeria: Boko Haram militants release 82 schoolgirls in exchange for prisoners

Tuesday's World Events - May 9, 2017


NOTE: Read “Background” and watch video under “Resources” below.

1. List the following information for Nigeria: (see the CIA World FactBook website for answers)
a) capital:
b) location/the countries that share its borders:
c) the religious breakdown of the population:
d) the type of government:
e) the chief of state (and head of government if different):
f) the population:

2. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

3. a) How many schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok by Boko Haram militants three years ago?
b) How many are still held captive?

4. What religion were most the the kidnapped girls?

5. Where were the girls brought upon their release after 3 years?

6. Were these schoolgirls the only people kidnapped by Boko Haram? Explain your answer.

7. a) Why do you think many of the parents did not go to Abuja?
b) What should the Nigerian government have done immediately for the parents of the freed girls?

8. What do you think of the government’s decision to bring the freed girls to the capital to meet with the president before being reunited with their parents?

9. Many of the girls had babies with their Boko Haram ‘husbands.’ There were numerous media reports on their release, with no mention of these babies. Why do you think the media did not mention the children in their reports?