At the end of last month (April), Nigeria’s militant group “Boko Haram “(which means Western education is sin) kidnapped more than two hundred 16 to 18 year-old female student in Nigeria, just because they thought girls should not accept Western education. These girls are likely to be sold cheaply to neighbouring countries, and be forced into marriage or sex trafficking. There are only 50 students who were able to escape on their own; the government did not rescue any other girls. However, this incident is not a one-off event; “Boko Haram ” has killed thousands of people, mainly targetting students in Nigeria. Following the large-scale abduction, Boko Haram continues to kidnap students. This incident has caused international outrage. And the petition #BringBackOurGirls was created and have been jointly signed by many people (e.g. Amnesty). This is to call for the governments from Nigeria, European countries and the USA to take action to save the students.
Internationally, there are support from many politicians, well-known public figures, and celebrities, e.g. British Prime Minister David Cameron, the U.S. president’s wife Michelle Obama, Hollywood celebrities Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Emma Watson. Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has been seen on the street with the company of her husband, holding loud speakers, in response to the # BringBackOurGirls movement.
The international protests and processions are all in response to mums whose daughters were abducted in Nigeria, and the angry people from Nigeria. This is an outcry, in request for the global community to be united in order to bring back the girls.
Today, female students have raised the idea of a march of school girls in every city and town, all around the world on the 22nd of May (this Thursday), in response to the abduction of 273 Nigerian students. With 230 still missing, this march also a promotes children’s’ right to education and personal security! (http://bringbackourgirls.us/school-girl-march/)
Please tell your friends, tell your family, and tell your school.
In addition to signing a petition or joining a march, you can create your own campaign and send the photo(s) to Asian Girl Campaign so that we can assist you in promoting your message. (https://www.facebook.com/girlflygoh)
For more information, see www.BringBackOurGirls.us website