On April 14, 2014 , an estimated 276 girls between 16 and 18 years old were taken from a school in northeastern Nigeria by a group of Islamic militants called Boko Haram. That’s what we know for sure.
The girls are believed to have been taken into Sambisa forest. The forest, reportedly quite thick and swampy and containing a sizable wildlife population ranging from monkeys to elephants, is a Boko Haram stronghold. Escapees report that once there the girls were asked to cook for the insurgents. Bystanders in the general area say that the girls have now been split up and subjected to mass wedding ceremonies. Some say they have been taken out of Nigeria. Some also say the girls are now “sex slaves,” though that worry has been around from the time the girls disappeared, of course. The oft-reported rumor is they’re being auctioned off for the equivalent of $12 USD. No one has yet verified these reports with any degree of certainty. (Source Gawker.com)
Then, on April 23, Oby Ezekwesili, vice president of the World Bank for Africa, gave a speech in Nigeria in which she urged the government to intervene and “bring back our girls.” Soon after, Twitter users in Nigeria began to repeat her call, adopting the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
A few days later, it had exploded around the world and, now, more than a million tweets have been sent with the hashtag, including those sent by Hillary Clinton and even FLOTUS, Michelle Obama.
Quotes from a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau (Source: http://cnn.it/RqKLAn) “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video first obtained by Agence France-Presse. “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women,” he continued, according to a CNN translation from the local Hausa language. Boko Haram is a terrorist group receiving training from al Qaeda affiliates, according to U.S. officials. Its name means “Western education is sin.” In his nearly hourlong, rambling video, Shekau repeatedly called for Western education to end. “Girls, you should go and get married,” he said.
How can you get involved??
1. Sign the Petition http://www.change.org/petitions/over-200-girls-are-missing-in-nigeria-so-why-doesn-t-anybody-care-234girls then share it with all of your friends via email or Facebook.
2. Like Bring Our Girls Back on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls
3. Post the link to this blog post (http://www.princetonscoop.com/bringbackourgirls.html) on your Facebook page, your Twitter account or share via email. Everyone needs to know what is happening and in some small way help to make a difference.
The children of the world belong to all of us. What if this was your daughter and her friends? It only takes a minute.
And if these guys are getting involved
– you can too!
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