Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram honoured in exhibition

Inspired by ancient Nigerian Ife terracotta heads, titled "Statues Also Breathe," and representing the remaining 108 Chibok still in captivity.Sunday Alamba/AP

The faces of the 108 Chibok girls who are still missing nearly nine years after their abduction by Islamist insurgents, Boko Haram, are being remembered in a new exhibition in Nigeria’s capital, Lagos.

Inspired by ancient Nigerian Ife terracotta heads, titled “Statues Also Breathe,” and representing the remaining 108 Chibok still in captivity.Sunday Alamba/AP

According to media, the portraits of the girls were sculpted in clay in a collaboration between French artist Prune Nourry, university students, professional potters and the families of the victims.

Inspired by ancient Nigerian Ife terracotta heads and titled “Statues Also Breathe,” the sculptures recreate their faces, facial expressions and hair patterns.

In 2014, 275 girls were seized from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok community in northeastern Nigeria, sparking the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign.

Since then, about 160 of the girls have been released, some after years of captivity, but the story has long faded from the headlines.