Whether Nigeria's 219 kidnapped schoolgirls will ever come home to Chibok is an open question, but some of them will definitely never see their parents again. Seven fathers were killed this month in an attack on a nearby village, the AP reports, and heart failure, high blood pressure, and illnesses likely caused by trauma have claimed four more parents. "One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him," says one community leader.
Meanwhile, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is demanding in a new video this week that the government free extremists in return for the girls. President Goodluck Jonathan continues to refuse. At the same time, the parents and Jonathan are again planning to meet after a failed attempt last week, the BBC reports. At the same time, the AP notes that militants are attacking villages surrounding Chibok and villagers fear they’re next; soldiers guarding the village reportedly aren’t helping. Resources are dwindling in Chibok as attack survivors swarm in. "There is a famine looming," says one community leader. (Read more Boko Haram stories.)