#BringBackOurGirls: What We Know About the Nigerian Abductions

UN report: Several rescued women and girls are pregnant.

UN Report: Several Rescued Women and Girls Are Pregnant - In the last few weeks, several women and children have been rescued by the Nigerian army from the militant group Boko Haram. “A large number of girls and women rescued from Boko Haram have been found to be pregnant,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We do not know yet the total number of pregnant girls among those rescued. The screening is still ongoing.” The United Nations Population Fund is providing support to the nearly 300 women who were rescued at the end of April. BET.com breaks down the tragic series of events in a detailed timeline.  (Photo: Joe Penney/Reuters /Landov)

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UN Report: Several Rescued Women and Girls Are Pregnant - In the last few weeks, several women and children have been rescued by the Nigerian army from the militant group Boko Haram. “A large number of girls and women rescued from Boko Haram have been found to be pregnant,” said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We do not know yet the total number of pregnant girls among those rescued. The screening is still ongoing.” The United Nations Population Fund is providing support to the nearly 300 women who were rescued at the end of April. BET.com breaks down the tragic series of events in a detailed timeline.  (Photo: Joe Penney/Reuters /Landov)

The Abduction - After schools in the Borno state had been closed since March 18 due to terrorism threats in the conflict-stricken region, students and staff at the Chibok Girls Secondary School faced their worst fears on their first day back. In the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 15, after arriving to the school to take a physics test, 276 girls were abducted, with 53 managing to escape.(Photo: AP Photo/ Haruna Umar)

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The Abduction - After schools in the Borno state had been closed since March 18 due to terrorism threats in the conflict-stricken region, students and staff at the Chibok Girls Secondary School faced their worst fears on their first day back. In the early morning hours of Tuesday, April 15, after arriving to the school to take a physics test, 276 girls were abducted, with 53 managing to escape.(Photo: AP Photo/ Haruna Umar)

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Who Is to Blame? - An Islamic extremist group based in Nigeria, Boko Haram, which translates from the Hausa language to mean “Western education is sinful,” has been blamed for the abduction. The group is known for targeting schools. In February, the group reportedly shot or burned to death 59 students at a boarding school in Yobe state.(Photo: REUTERS/Stringer)

The Nigerian Government Makes False Claims - The Nigerian military said on April 16, a day after the kidnappings, they rescued most of the missing girls. However, the government's tally of missing students differed by more than 100 compared to parents and staff, according to The New Yorker. The government’s deception exposed its untrustworthiness surrounding Boko Haram, which is responsible for claiming more than 4,000 lives since 2009. (Photo: AP Photo/ Haruna Umar)

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The Nigerian Government Makes False Claims - The Nigerian military said on April 16, a day after the kidnappings, they rescued most of the missing girls. However, the government's tally of missing students differed by more than 100 compared to parents and staff, according to The New Yorker. The government’s deception exposed its untrustworthiness surrounding Boko Haram, which is responsible for claiming more than 4,000 lives since 2009. (Photo: AP Photo/ Haruna Umar)

#BringBackOurGirls - News of the kidnapping spread around the globe by April 25 as Twitter became a discussion forum led by the hashtag “#FreeOurGirls.” Celebrities, including Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monáe and Deborah Cox, got involved in the campaign on their respective social media accounts.(Photo: AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

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#BringBackOurGirls - News of the kidnapping spread around the globe by April 25 as Twitter became a discussion forum led by the hashtag “#FreeOurGirls.” Celebrities, including Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monáe and Deborah Cox, got involved in the campaign on their respective social media accounts.(Photo: AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)

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Girls Are Forced to Marry Nigerian Rebels? - Reports began to surface on April 30 that many of the girls were trafficked across Nigerian borders in Cameroon and Chad and paid 2,000 naira ($12) to marry to Nigerian rebels. Other reports said Boko Haram allegedly worked with officials to negotiate a ransom for the release of the girls. (Photo: AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan)

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Girls Are Forced to Marry Nigerian Rebels? - Reports began to surface on April 30 that many of the girls were trafficked across Nigerian borders in Cameroon and Chad and paid 2,000 naira ($12) to marry to Nigerian rebels. Other reports said Boko Haram allegedly worked with officials to negotiate a ransom for the release of the girls. (Photo: AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan)

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Million Women March and Protests - The new rumors sparked outrage across the country demanding the government to do more to find the missing students. Armed with signs that read “Find Our Daughters,” hundreds of mothers and their supporters marched to the National Assembly in the capital, Abuja, to protest a lack of action from the government. The protest was led by Obiageli Ezekwesilieze, former Nigerian education minister and vice president of the World Bank's Africa division.(Photo: AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan)

Human Trafficking in Nigeria - Human trafficking is a major issue of concern in Nigeria. Six out of 10 people trafficked in the west are from Nigeria and young women and girls are predominant targets. Since 2001, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has rescued more that 4,000 victims, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.(Photo: AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

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Human Trafficking in Nigeria - Human trafficking is a major issue of concern in Nigeria. Six out of 10 people trafficked in the west are from Nigeria and young women and girls are predominant targets. Since 2001, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has rescued more that 4,000 victims, according to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.(Photo: AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

International Protests Emerge - From London to Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and Nigeria, protests erupted around the world on Saturday (May 2) demanding more action be taken by the Nigerian government to find the missing kidnapped girls. On the same day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to trump up the search efforts.(Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

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International Protests Emerge - From London to Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., and Nigeria, protests erupted around the world on Saturday (May 2) demanding more action be taken by the Nigerian government to find the missing kidnapped girls. On the same day, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to trump up the search efforts.(Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Boko Haram Claims Responsibility - Rumors that the missing girls were possibly being sold were confirmed on Monday when the alleged Boko Haram leader threated to sell the girls in a videotaped statement. The leader said “I abducted your girls…By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace.” The admission to the heinous abduction confirmed parents' worst fears. However it is unknown if the video was made before or after the rumors emerged that the girls were being forced to marry rebels in neighboring countries.(Photo: AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba File)

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Boko Haram Claims Responsibility - Rumors that the missing girls were possibly being sold were confirmed on Monday when the alleged Boko Haram leader threated to sell the girls in a videotaped statement. The leader said “I abducted your girls…By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace.” The admission to the heinous abduction confirmed parents' worst fears. However it is unknown if the video was made before or after the rumors emerged that the girls were being forced to marry rebels in neighboring countries.(Photo: AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba File)

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More Girls Abducted - Boko Haram militants struck again, kidnapping eight more girls on Sunday (May 4) in the village of Warabe, in Borno state. In addition to abducting the girls, who are between the ages of 12-15, the thieves also took cattle and food from the village. According to BBC News, communication is not advanced in the village, which delayed reporting the abduction.(Photo: AP Photo)

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More Girls Abducted - Boko Haram militants struck again, kidnapping eight more girls on Sunday (May 4) in the village of Warabe, in Borno state. In addition to abducting the girls, who are between the ages of 12-15, the thieves also took cattle and food from the village. According to BBC News, communication is not advanced in the village, which delayed reporting the abduction.(Photo: AP Photo)

Heartbreaking and Outrageous - On Tuesday, May 6, President Obama spoke out for the first time on the mass kidnapping, calling the abduction “heartbreaking” and “outrageous.” "This may be the event that helps to mobilize the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organization that’s perpetrated such a terrible crime,” the president told ABC News’ Ginger Zee.(Photo: Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

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Heartbreaking and Outrageous - On Tuesday, May 6, President Obama spoke out for the first time on the mass kidnapping, calling the abduction “heartbreaking” and “outrageous.” "This may be the event that helps to mobilize the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organization that’s perpetrated such a terrible crime,” the president told ABC News’ Ginger Zee.(Photo: Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

President Goodluck Jonathan Says Kidnapping Is the End of Terror - Following weeks of protest from outraged citizens, President Goodluck Jonathan addressed delegates at the World Economic Forum for Africa in the capital, Abuja, on Thursday (May 8) and said that he believes the kidnapping is the “beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria.” Jonathan also thanked China, the U.S., the UK and France for offering assistance in the search for the more than 250 girls who remain missing. He also confirmed that with their assistance Nigeria could move forward with protecting citizens from Boko Haram.(Photo: courtesy BBC)

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President Goodluck Jonathan Says Kidnapping Is the End of Terror - Following weeks of protest from outraged citizens, President Goodluck Jonathan addressed delegates at the World Economic Forum for Africa in the capital, Abuja, on Thursday (May 8) and said that he believes the kidnapping is the “beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria.” Jonathan also thanked China, the U.S., the UK and France for offering assistance in the search for the more than 250 girls who remain missing. He also confirmed that with their assistance Nigeria could move forward with protecting citizens from Boko Haram.(Photo: courtesy BBC)

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FLOTUS Joins the Cause - U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama also joined the global campaign to free the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families,” she tweeted, along with a photo of herself holding a handwritten #BringBackOurGirls sign.(Photo: Courtesy The White House)

Experts From Abroad - By Friday, May 9, British and U.S. experts had arrived in Nigeria to help with the search for and rescuing of the kidnapped girls being held by Boko Haram. "I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria,” said President Goodluck Jonathan at an economic forum on Thursday.(Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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Experts From Abroad - By Friday, May 9, British and U.S. experts had arrived in Nigeria to help with the search for and rescuing of the kidnapped girls being held by Boko Haram. "I believe that the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end of terror in Nigeria,” said President Goodluck Jonathan at an economic forum on Thursday.(Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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Boko Haram Demands Prisoners Be Freed In Exchange For Girls - Boko Haram released a video warning they would release the kidnapped girls if militant prisoners were freed. The video showed more than 100 girls who they claimed are the kidnapped victims missing since April 15. The girls wore full veils and had allegedly converted to Islam, according to the video.    (Photo: Boko Haram) 

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Boko Haram Demands Prisoners Be Freed In Exchange For Girls - Boko Haram released a video warning they would release the kidnapped girls if militant prisoners were freed. The video showed more than 100 girls who they claimed are the kidnapped victims missing since April 15. The girls wore full veils and had allegedly converted to Islam, according to the video. (Photo: Boko Haram) 

Armed Nigerian Hunters Want to Find Girls - At least 500 Nigerian hunters armed with homemade rifles, poisoned arrows and amulets are on a mission to find the 300 abducted school girls. Their ages range from 18 to their 80s. "We're not saying we are better than the soldiers, but we know the bush better than the soldiers," said Sarkin Baka, according to the Associated Press.  (Photo: AP Photo/Haruna Umar)

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Armed Nigerian Hunters Want to Find Girls - At least 500 Nigerian hunters armed with homemade rifles, poisoned arrows and amulets are on a mission to find the 300 abducted school girls. Their ages range from 18 to their 80s. "We're not saying we are better than the soldiers, but we know the bush better than the soldiers," said Sarkin Baka, according to the Associated Press.  (Photo: AP Photo/Haruna Umar)

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BET News Presents 'Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters Are Our Daughters' - On the heels of the global call to action in the search of nearly 300 teenage Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school in April, BET News presents Stolen Innocence: Your Daughters Are Our Daughters, an in-depth televised discussion led by Lola Ogunnaike of Arise TV and Marc Lamont Hill of BET News on Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on BET and Saturday, May 24 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Centric. (Photo: BET)

Top Military Official Says Girls Found - On May 26, Nigeria’s defense chief Air Marshal Alex Barde announced that the country’s military has found the abducted schoolgirls but cannot use force to rescue them. “We can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said at a demonstration in Abuja. Some have voiced skepticism of this update, pointing to the military’s previous false claims about the abduction. (Photo: AP Photo/Gbenga Olamikan)

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Top Military Official Says Girls Found - On May 26, Nigeria’s defense chief Air Marshal Alex Barde announced that the country’s military has found the abducted schoolgirls but cannot use force to rescue them. “We can't go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said at a demonstration in Abuja. Some have voiced skepticism of this update, pointing to the military’s previous false claims about the abduction. (Photo: AP Photo/Gbenga Olamikan)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Speaks out - Award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reportedly said she opposes Western military intervention against Boko Haram. A foreign attack on her homeland would be counterproductive, according to the Americanah novelist. “Now we have American drones helping us in this forest and even the French have sent in people. Shouldn’t they be fixing their own economy?” she said. “We can solve our own damn problems."(Photo:  PA PHOTOS /LANDOV)

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Speaks out - Award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reportedly said she opposes Western military intervention against Boko Haram. A foreign attack on her homeland would be counterproductive, according to the Americanah novelist. “Now we have American drones helping us in this forest and even the French have sent in people. Shouldn’t they be fixing their own economy?” she said. “We can solve our own damn problems."(Photo:  PA PHOTOS /LANDOV)

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Protests Considered a "Serious Security Threat" - All protests in support of the kidnapped schoolgirls were banned in Abuja by police in a statement made on June 2. "I cannot fold my hands and watch this lawlessness,” said Commissioner Joseph Mbu, claiming that the protests now pose a “serious security threat” to those living near and traveling through the demonstration sites.  (Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

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Protests Considered a "Serious Security Threat" - All protests in support of the kidnapped schoolgirls were banned in Abuja by police in a statement made on June 2. "I cannot fold my hands and watch this lawlessness,” said Commissioner Joseph Mbu, claiming that the protests now pose a “serious security threat” to those living near and traveling through the demonstration sites.  (Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

60 Nigerian Girls and Women Escaped - More than 60 Nigerian girls and women have escaped the captivity of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, officials say, according to the Associated Press. More than 200 girls remain missing since April. The girls and women escaped on July 3 and July 4. While captors were engaged in an attack in Damboa town, the girls fled, a vigilante leader Abbas Gava reported.  (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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60 Nigerian Girls and Women Escaped - More than 60 Nigerian girls and women have escaped the captivity of Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, officials say, according to the Associated Press. More than 200 girls remain missing since April. The girls and women escaped on July 3 and July 4. While captors were engaged in an attack in Damboa town, the girls fled, a vigilante leader Abbas Gava reported.  (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Parents Meet with President - AP reported that a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and many of the parents of the 219 kidnapped and escaped schoolgirls had finally been scheduled for Tuesday, July 22. However, at least 11 parents have died from either trauma-related illnesses or extremist attacks since the abduction.(Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

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Parents Meet with President - AP reported that a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and many of the parents of the 219 kidnapped and escaped schoolgirls had finally been scheduled for Tuesday, July 22. However, at least 11 parents have died from either trauma-related illnesses or extremist attacks since the abduction.(Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Kidnapped Student First in Months to Escape - On Sept. 24, a 20-year-old was confirmed as the first kidnapped student to successfully escape from captivity, The Guardian reports. While details of her emergence are conflicting — officials say she was released, residents say she escaped — the young woman was found wandering through a small northeastern village in “a state of extreme trauma."(Photo: Olamikan Gbemiga File/AP Photo) 

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Kidnapped Student First in Months to Escape - On Sept. 24, a 20-year-old was confirmed as the first kidnapped student to successfully escape from captivity, The Guardian reports. While details of her emergence are conflicting — officials say she was released, residents say she escaped — the young woman was found wandering through a small northeastern village in “a state of extreme trauma."(Photo: Olamikan Gbemiga File/AP Photo) 

Alicia Keys Holds Protests on 6-Month Anniversary - To raise awareness about the six-month anniversary of the kidnapping, award-winning musician and philanthropist Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Oct. 14. "Today is my son's birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that's going on," the performer told AP.(Photo: Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

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Alicia Keys Holds Protests on 6-Month Anniversary - To raise awareness about the six-month anniversary of the kidnapping, award-winning musician and philanthropist Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Oct. 14. "Today is my son's birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that's going on," the performer told AP.(Photo: Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

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Nigeria, Boko Haram Allegedly Agree to Immediate Cease-Fire - On Oct. 17, Nigeria’s chief of defense staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh announced an immediate cease-fire truce between the government and Boko Haram. But many expressed doubts about the development, AP reports.(Photo: Jon Gambrell, File/AP Photo)

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Nigeria, Boko Haram Allegedly Agree to Immediate Cease-Fire - On Oct. 17, Nigeria’s chief of defense staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh announced an immediate cease-fire truce between the government and Boko Haram. But many expressed doubts about the development, AP reports.(Photo: Jon Gambrell, File/AP Photo)

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Reports of Attacks Cast Doubt on Alleged Cease-Fire - Villagers in the northeast region of Nigeria accused Boko Haram of carrying out widespread shootings and slaughterings on Oct. 18, a day after an alleged cease-fire truce was brokered, BBC reported. "This deal, as announced by the federal government, is very sketchy because nothing is being spelled out. We are not told of the nitty gritty of the peace deal," Bulama Mali Guide, spokesman for the Borno Elders Forum, told VOA.(Photo: Afolabi Sotunde/REuters/Landov)

A Fatal Invasion - The village of Kummabza in the northern Nigeria was held hostage for four days by Boko Haram fighters, from June 18 through June 22, 2014. Disguised as soldiers, the gunmen invaded the village, killed 30 male villagers an looted food supplies. More than 60 females were kidnapped, including children. The fighters also bombed telecom masts, which initially caused the news of the raid to go unnoticed.(Photo: AP Photo/File)

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Suspected Boko Haram Fighters Allegedly Abduct 25 Girls - Residents of a remote town in northeastern Nigeria say that at least 25 more girls were kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants, Reuters reported on Oct. 23. Witnesses to the attack say the fighters arrived late in the night, forced all the women to join them and later released the older ones. (Photo:AP Photo/File)

At Least 30 Young People Kidnapped - Government officials in Mafa, a village in northeast Nigeria, say that heavily armed Boko Haram fighters kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls during the weekend of Oct. 25, CNN reported. "They took them away to their base in the bush, and we believe they are going to use them as foot soldiers,” Mafa local government chairman Shettima Maina said.(Photo: Reuters /Stringer/Landov)

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At Least 30 Young People Kidnapped - Government officials in Mafa, a village in northeast Nigeria, say that heavily armed Boko Haram fighters kidnapped at least 30 boys and girls during the weekend of Oct. 25, CNN reported. "They took them away to their base in the bush, and we believe they are going to use them as foot soldiers,” Mafa local government chairman Shettima Maina said.(Photo: Reuters /Stringer/Landov)

#BringBackOurGirls - On April 15, 2014, nearly 300 girls and young women were kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters at the Chibok Girls Secondary School on their first day back since statewide closings. At least 276 girls were abducted, while 116 have managed to escape since then. The group is still believed to be holding about 200 girls captive.(Photo: REUTERS/AFOLABI SOTUNDE/LANDOV)

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Victims of Abductions Tell Their Stories - A report released by Human Rights Watch on Oct. 27 claims that women and girls abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram suffer physical torture, rape and forced marriages, Fox News reported. The details were provided by 46 victims and witnesses of Boko Haram’s destructive actions. (NIGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) (Photo: Afolabe Sotundi/Reuters /Landov)

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Boko Haram Leader Says Girls Married Off - In a video released on Nov. 1, Boko Haram denied the government's claims of an alleged ceasefire deal having been struck to negotiate the girls’ release. "Don't you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam?” the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said. "We married them off. They are in their marital homes.” (Photo:  REUTERS /AFOLABI SOTUNDE /LANDOV)

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Boko Haram Leader Says Girls Married Off - In a video released on Nov. 1, Boko Haram denied the government's claims of an alleged ceasefire deal having been struck to negotiate the girls’ release. "Don't you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam?” the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said. "We married them off. They are in their marital homes.” (Photo:  REUTERS /AFOLABI SOTUNDE /LANDOV)

Militants Capture Town of Kidnapped Girls - On Nov. 13, Boko Haram insurgents seized Chibok, the Nigerian town where the group kidnapped nearly 300 school girls in April, AP reports."Nobody can tell you what is happening there today because everybody is just trying to escape with their lives,” said Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok local government. Militants allegedly entered the town firing from motorcycles and pickup trucks. (Photo: Andalou Agency/Getty Images)

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Militants Capture Town of Kidnapped Girls - On Nov. 13, Boko Haram insurgents seized Chibok, the Nigerian town where the group kidnapped nearly 300 school girls in April, AP reports."Nobody can tell you what is happening there today because everybody is just trying to escape with their lives,” said Bana Lawan, chairman of the Chibok local government. Militants allegedly entered the town firing from motorcycles and pickup trucks. (Photo: Andalou Agency/Getty Images)

More Young Women Kidnapped - At least 20 young women were kidnapped over the weekend of June 7 and June 8, 2014, in Garkin Fulani. But, an official with the umbrella union of all nomadic Fulani in the country claims that as many as 40 women “all of them young mothers,” were taken. Boko Haram militants are suspected in the kidnapping. The northeastern Nigerian village town is only five miles from Chibok, the town where more than 200 school girls were abducted almost two months earlier.(Photo: AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, File)

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Nigerian Army Claims It Has Regained Chibok - On Nov. 17, Nigerian army officials said they had regained control of the northeastern town where the schoolgirls were abducted, AP reports. The announcement came about 48 hours after Chibok had been captured by Boko Haram fighters. "Chibok is firmly in the hands of the Nigerian army." army spokesman Brigadier General Olajide Olaleye told the AP. "Chibok is free. Secured.” (Photo: AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga, File)

Dozens Killed in Village Attack - Boko Haram militants attacked a village in Borno state on Nov. 19, killing about 45 people, AP reported. According to the leader of the Nigeria Vigilante Group, the militants destroyed homes and stole food and livestock. "I am still searching for motives behind the mass killing and destruction,” Shettima Lawan, a local politician, told AP. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/STRINGER)

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Dozens Killed in Village Attack - Boko Haram militants attacked a village in Borno state on Nov. 19, killing about 45 people, AP reported. According to the leader of the Nigeria Vigilante Group, the militants destroyed homes and stole food and livestock. "I am still searching for motives behind the mass killing and destruction,” Shettima Lawan, a local politician, told AP. (Photo: AFP PHOTO/STRINGER)

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Boko Haram Kidnaps, Kills More Northeastern Residents in Raid - At least 185 women and children were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents in northeastern Nigeria the week of Dec. 18, CNN reported. According to local officials and residents, 32 people were killed in the attack. "They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs,” an anonymous local government official told CNN. The raid was reported four days after the fact due to telecommunication towers being damaged in previous attacks. In April, more than 200 Nigerian girls aged 16-18 were kidnapped from a school in the town of Chibok in the East Borno state. (Photo: AP Photo/Boko Haram)

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From "Bring Back Our Girls," to "Never to Be Forgotten" - More than 200 protesters dubbed “Chibok ambassadors” marched through Nigeria’s capital on April 14, 2015. As of that Tuesday, the 276 girls abducted from their boarding school by Boko Haram had been missing for exactly a year. President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has since released a statement saying he could not promise the girls would be found and rescued. (Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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From "Bring Back Our Girls," to "Never to Be Forgotten" - More than 200 protesters dubbed “Chibok ambassadors” marched through Nigeria’s capital on April 14, 2015. As of that Tuesday, the 276 girls abducted from their boarding school by Boko Haram had been missing for exactly a year. President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has since released a statement saying he could not promise the girls would be found and rescued. (Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Now and Alive - "We are here to appeal to the government to do better, we want our girls now and alive," protester Solamipe Onifade, 16, told AP at the one-year demonstration. (Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

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Now and Alive - "We are here to appeal to the government to do better, we want our girls now and alive," protester Solamipe Onifade, 16, told AP at the one-year demonstration. (Photo: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)