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“Bring Back Our Girls”

In 2014 about 276 Chibok Nigerian school girls went missing.  A now establish terrorist group called, Boko Haram is a militant islamic group whose purpose is to institute Sharia or Islamic Law, abducted these girls from their school overnight. From the kidnapping date of April 14, 2014, about 57 girls escaped captivity, only four have been found, 106 were released, four infants returned with some of the girls, 19 parents were found dead and a total of 119 girls are still missing. It has been a total of 1,459 days for the girls that still have not been found, and the days are still counting. The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau created a video stating, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah.” Bring back those girls.

Considering the fourth year anniversary approaching this April, this kidnapping sparked global outrage and a “Bring back our girls” campaign on social media. The former First Lady, Michelle Obama, actress, Angelina Jolie, and many more celebrities stepped in to advocate for this campaign to help raise awareness. This has become a problem that has affected almost everyone, because although it is not the first kidnapping, it is one of the largest that has touched the hearts of many. However, the campaign raises the question, how do we make sure these girls stay relevant?

Aisha Yesufu, an activist from Abuja where she mentions the physical #BringBackOurGirls movement started, says the hashtag was created 23 April, 2014. Throughout the interview, Yesufu mentions, that four years later, there are still a little more than 100 girls missing. Considering she has personal experience advocating for the missing school girls, Yesufu said, “Anything that would ensure they are never forgotten is welcome.” Yesufu is well aware of the celebrity advocates in the U.S. and believes it is important that every girl worldwide who wants an education should be fought for and deserves the recognition. In fact, Yesufu said in her interview, “It was great seeing them join as what happened to #ChibokGirls is not just against girls in Nigeria but girls worldwide who are striving against all odds to get an education. We tell the Girl Child to dare to dream, to dare to get education and shatter all glass ceilings but she would see it as a lie since #ChibokGirls who dared have been in captivity for over 4 years. I must say Alicia keys has stayed on but disappointing that other celebrities moved on. The lives of the girls and their families have been on hold. We must all realise terrorist attack to anyone anywhere in the world is terrorist to everyone everywhere in the world and stand for all.” This is someone who believes in world peace and speaks out for the voiceless. Bring back our girls.

For the other voices around the world, there are some a little closer to home. Students on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater have felt that it is important to continuously remind the Government in Africa to bring back their girls. A Whitewater student, Tianna DeCora has had a couple of words about the matter herself. When asked why it is important that the U.S. continuously speak out about the girls she said, “I think it is extremely important that we fight for these girls. Those who are still missing don’t have a voice and its significant that we be that voice for them. These are moms, sisters, daughters and it doesn’t matter who the girls are, whether they are in Nigeria or in Wisconsin with me, no one should have to endure being taken away from their home, family, and friends, unwillingly. America has done a good job broadcasting the campaign, but I haven’t seen much since 2014. We cannot forget about these girls because at the end of the day, we wouldn’t want anyone to forget about us.” There is only so much one voice can do, but to get more voices to constantly remind the Nigerian government that people have not forgotten about those school girls is well needed as more chaos uproars in Africa. To the Nigerian government, bring back your girls.

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