Three weeks after their mass abduction, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls are still missing

Original story from  May 5th, 2014

DEBORAH Sanya thought she was going to die.

In the pre-dawn hours of April 15, men dressed in Nigerian military uniforms showed up at Deborah’s school, in a village called Chibok, and claimed they were there to help.

“There were many, many of them,” she tells the New Yorker . “They said, ‘Don’t worry. Nothing will happen to you.”

That facade was short-lived. As they herded the school’s students into trucks and onto motorbikes, the men started shouting “Allahu Akbar” and shooting their guns into the air. Then they set the building on fire.

“I thought it was the end of my life,” Deborah says.

The militants were from an Islamic terrorist group called Boko Haram. They kidnapped more than 300 girls that morning, 276 of whom are still missing.

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