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100 days later: Where are the Nigerian schoolgirls?

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Nearly 300 schoolgirls were abducted during a violent raid on a school in Chibok, Nigeria in April. To date, more than 200 girls are still missing.

Where are they? We still don’t know.

But it may be a good time to remember what’s happened up until now and point out all the conflicting counts regarding the missing.

April 14: Late in the night, well-armed militants from Boko Haram stormed a secondary school in the Northeast Nigerian state of Borno. Early reports indicated that 129 girls were kidnapped.

Total missing: 129

April 17: The media gets ahold of the story, and the Nigerian military claims all but eight of the girls had been returned.

Total missing: 8

April 18: The military is forced to retract its claim. Just 14 of the girls had reportedly escaped.

Total missing: 115

April 19: Reuters reports that 44 girls had been freed while 85 were still missing.

Total missing: 85

April 21: Reuters reports that 234 girls were still missing, dismissing earlier claims that 129 had been taken and revises April 19 numbers.

Total missing: 234

April 24: Twitter diplomats begin #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Total missing: 234

April 30: A civil society group in Nigeria claims Boko Haram is forcing the girls to marry their captors.

Total missing: 234

May 2: The Associated Press now reports even more girls are missing and that 53 had escaped.

Total missing: 276

May 5: Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau takes responsibility for the kidnapping and confirms he will sell the girls into slavery.

Total missing: 276

May 6: President Obama pledges to help find the missing girls. Great Britain prepares to send special forces.

Total missing: 276

May 7: First Lady Michelle Obama, noted diplomat, joins the #BringBackOurGirls campaign

Total missing: 276

May 8: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan breaks his silence on the kidnapping, vows to bring home the girls and that the incident was the “beginning of the end of terrorism in Nigeria.”

May 8: Male celebrity diplomats such as Sean Penn and Justin Timberlake begin #RealMenDontBuyGirls campaign.

Total missing: 276

May 11: The L.A. Times reports that 53 girls had escaped so far, but that 276 remained missing.

Still missing: 276

May 12: Boko Haram militants post a video of the girls and demand the release of one of their members from prison for each schoolgirl returned.

Total missing: 276

May 13: U.S. surveillance aircraft begin searching for the missing girls.

Still missing: 276

May 14: Boko Haram and Nigeria appear ready to negotiate.

Total missing: 276

May 21: Obama sends 80 U.S. troops into Chad to help search for the missing girls.

Total missing: 276

May 26: The Nigerian military says it knows where the girls are located, but can't tell anyone or go get them.

Total missing: 276

May 28: Obama administration can't confirm that the Nigerian military knows where the girls are.

May 28: Four girls escape Boko Haram and the numbers are revised again. Suddenly the 53 escaped from May 11 were subtracted along with the four recent escapes.

Total missing: 219

June 10: Boko Haram kidnaps 20 women and three men who tried to save them.

Total missing: 242

June 24: Boko Haram kidnaps 60 more women and girls, and 31 schoolboys.

Total missing: 333

June 27: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan again pledges to find the missing girls.

Total missing: 333

July 1: U.S. reduces surveillance flights searching for the girls.

Total missing: 333

July 2: The Nigerian military arrests a suspect in the kidnapping.

Total missing: 333

July 7: 63 women and girls escape from Boko Haram.

Total missing: 270

July 14: Education activist Malala Yousafzai meets with Jonathan, vows to make sure the girls are returned.

July 14: Boko Haram militants mock the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag.

Total missing: 270

July 22: Reports surface that 11 parents have died waiting for their girls to return home.

Total missing: 270

July 24: 100 days have passed.

Total missing: 270 (219 of which are the original abducted schoolgirls)

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