Unless you live under a rock, you have probably seen the photos of well known public figures begging the Nigerian government to “bring back our girls”. More than three weeks ago, over 200 Nigerian school girls were abducted from their school by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. The leader of the group has threatened to sell them, and the entire world has entered this race against the clock to bring them home unharmed.
Former US Secretary of State and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, says the kidnapping is an “act of terrorism” and urges the Nigerian government to do everything within its means to bring the girls home safely and as quickly as possible with help from other nations. Along with Clinton, a group of 40 eminent figures across the globe, including Bono, have made their positions known, calling for a return of the captive school girls in a letter requesting mobilization of all possible resources to help the rescue effort.
The letter says:
“On April 14, more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted at gunpoint from Chibok community in Borno State, Nigeria. 24 days later, the girls are still missing. We urge all local, national and regional governments, with the full support of the international community, to dedicate their expertise and resources – from satellite imagery to intelligence services to multinational corporations’ supply chains – to #BringBackOurGirls.”
Check out the list of global figures who signed the letter.
We hope it is only a matter of time before these innocent girls are returned home unharmed. Our hearts go out to them.
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