International Business Times quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the fate of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped last year by Boko Haram:
Officials won’t know for sure whether the mass graves contain the bodies of the Chibok schoolgirls until forensic evidence has been collected and tested. J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, said there was very little probability the girls have been kept alive since their kidnapping. “We can’t be certain of who they are,” Pham said Monday. “In a way, it’s confirmation of what many of us had quietly feared for some time.”
Jonathan announced the recapture of the strategic town of Gwoza on the eve of the presidential poll but made no mention of the girls. Pham said it would not have changed the outcome of the election, in which Buhari won by a landslide. “By that point, people’s minds were largely made up one way or another,” he said Monday.