WATCH: World Marks 1 Year Since Boko Haram Abducted 300 Nigerian Schoolgirls Who Are Still Missing


Events are taking place around the world to mark one year since Boko Haram militants abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, sparking global outrage.

The girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, in the northeast of the country, leading millions around the world to call for their return as the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag exploded on social media.

A number of girls later escaped the militants, who often force those abducted to convert to Islam and fight or work as sex slaves, but 219 remain missing.

A march and vigil will be held in the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Tuesday, with 219 girls taking part to represent each of the missing.

Campaigners said the Empire State Building in New York City will be lit up in purple and red over the nighttime hours the girls were snatched, the Associated Press reported. Activists are now using the slogan “Never to be Forgotten.”

Nigeria’s President-elect Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he cannot promise to find the schoolgirls, but that his administration will do everything in its power to do so, the AP reported.

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Source: USA Today | Jane Onyanga-Omara

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