Six months ago, the plight of more than 200 schoolgirls captured the world’s attention when they were ripped from dormitories at their school in the remote Nigerian town of Chibok.
While some of the girls managed to escape, the fate of 219 girls still missing captured global hearts and minds with everyone from politicians to celebrities pleading for their return. Social media lit up with #Bringbackourgirls while Facebook pages dedicated to their return.
Overnight US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed a ceasefire “appears to have been put in place” that would return peace to the ravaged northeast of Nigeria.
However it’s not certain that also means the return of the missing girls from Chibok. Ms Harf said it was Washington’s “understanding that the negotiations about a deal to release the girls continue”.