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#BringBackOurGirls has become the rallying cry in Nigeria and around the world as protests continue over the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a northern Secondary education boarding school. On April 14, 2014 Islamic militants stormed an all-girl secondary school and seized the students. Just recently, a video was released showing the leader of Boko Haram claiming responsibility. State officials report some of the girls have already been sold off as brides for as little as $12. Others were reportedly forced to marry their abductors, and taken to neighboring Cameroon and Chad. The area in northeastern Nigeria where the girls were kidnapped has been under a state of emergency for nearly a year, and their school was reportedly the only one still open.
Today, one year later, the girls are still missing.
— Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) April 14, 2015
People have tried to make this a case of race, location, politics, and economic statue. At the end of the day, the bottom line is the same:
Daughters have been kidnapped.
Daughters are missing.
I could not imagine receiving a phone call from my 21 year-old daughter’s college institution notifying me that she has been kidnapped from her dorm room in the middle of the night. I could not imagine an email or call from my 13 year-old daughter’s school saying that she was kidnapped from the school’s playground or classroom. And I most certainly could not ever imagine the emotions I would feel if after 1 year or more, my daughters still had not been found, and that very little was being done by authorities to find them….
Everyone in the world should take a stand to help put more pressure on the Nigerian government, on every global leader, on every government around the world to take this seriously and take action to find the girls and return them home safely. Anyone and everyone with financial and social clout needs to get involved and use not only their voice, but their bank accounts to save these girls and bring their kidnappers to justice. Every person should write a letter, donate, or participate in a rally or vigil for this cause. Everyone should raise awareness in any way that they can.
One year later, we cannot let them go forgotten. It is going to take much more than taking a picture with a sign that says #BringBackOurGirls to get them home. Keep talking about it both online and offline. Keep calling government officials. Keep tweeting the major media outlets to have more news coverage, more interviews with the parents of the missing girls and government officials, and more conversations. Keep hosting and/or participating in protest rallies in your local area. Show the Nigerian Government that we love and support our girls, and we are not going anywhere until they are rescued.
If it was your daughter, you would not want people to stay silent. You would not want people to turn a blind eye and do nothing. You would want people to care. You would want them to help.
Get involved! Here are some actions that you can take to #BringBackOurGirls
Additional resources you can use to help:
Online Petitions you can sign to help:
video source: YouTube/DinachiOnuzoMusic
image source: bringbackourgirls.us