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March 02, 2018
Kachalla Bukar's eyes filled with tears when he looked at a blue plastic basket containing his 14-year-old...
DAPCHI, Nigeria
The Wider Image: Parents of Nigeria's abducted girls cherish keepsakes
Kachalla Bukar's eyes filled with tears when he looked at a blue plastic basket containing his 14-year-old daughter's belongings. Aisha Kachalla is one of 110 girls abducted on Feb. 19 by suspected Boko Haram militants from her school in Dapchi, a dusty, remote town in the northeast Nigerian state of Yobe. The basket contains noodles, underwear, clothes and other items her parents packed to make her life at boarding school more comfortable - before it was interrupted by men shouting and brandishing weapons. Now those mundane items are the only connection he has to his daughter's recent life while he and other parents wait for news. "When we went to school on Tuesday she was not among the girls that have been found," he said, holding up a pink dress that was part of her school uniform. For the father-of-six, the box and its contents are keepsakes to be cherished but also a reminder of the moment he learned his second eldest daughter was missing. "Her colleagues who have returned then gave us our daughter's school box with her personal belongings. That was when we realized our daughter is actually missing," he said. The Dapchi abductions may be one of the largest since Boko Haram took more than 270 schoolgirls from the northeastern town of Chibok in 2014. That case sparked an online campaign and spurred several governments into action to try and find them. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde SEARCH "DAPCHI PARENTS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. Matching text: NIGERIA-SECURITY/PARENTS
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