Photographer Glenna Gordon has written about the photographs of precious belongings of abducted girls from Nigeria. It has been more than a year, but she lamented in TIME that there is little development regarding search operations for the 276 girls abducted from a government boarding school in Chibok, a remote town in north-eastern Nigeria.
On April 14 last year, Boko Haram militants charged in the dormitory of the boarding school and performed a mass kidnapping. A week after the abduction, Gordon, who has lived almost eight years in Africa, released a few images of the girls’ belongings.
The elected president of Nigeria pledged to bring the girls home.
“Buhari is vowing to crush Boko Haram,” Ofeibea Quist-Arcton wrote on NPR. “But will such promises find the girls?”
Boko Haram‘s leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the abduction. He said that the school girls were converted into Islam and was forcibly married off to fighters or sold off.
The revelation ignited international outrage and gave birth to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
“These were girls who went to get an education, so safety should have been a priority,” said the campaign’s head, Obiageli Ezekwesili. “The fact that our government shilly-shallied for so many days is a source of great pain for this movement and for many other Nigerians. We believe there was poor management of the rescue operation.”