Over 253 Thousand People Across the Globe Rally to #BringBackOurGirls
as 276 Nigerian girls remain missing after being abducted from their school, a Nigerian student’s call to action is gaining support from hundreds of thousands of people around the globe– with supporters from almost every country in the world– including a number of celebrities and public officials who have taken up her call to demand immediate action to return the girls home.
Ify Elueze, a Nigerian student studying in Germany, started a Change.org petition calling for worldwide attention to focus on finding the kidnapped school girls. On Monday, the terrorist group Boko Haram, whose name translates to “Western education is a sin,” confirmed their participation and vowed to sell the girls into marriage. Ify’s petition calls for the global community to unite to find these missing girls and urges the Nigerian government to protect women in schools nationwide.
In less than a week, more than 253,000 people have signed on to Ify’s petition.
Says Ify: “By signing this petition, we declare our solidarity with the kidnapped girls and call upon the world not to forget them and support all efforts to ensure their safe return. We ask Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and the government to ensure all schools are safe places to learn, protected from attack.”
Both Nigerians and people around the globe have heavily criticized Nigeria’s government for reacting too slowly to the abduction and for not prioritizing the search and rescue. A global hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, has resulted in tens of thousands of tweets, and global leaders, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, have spoken out demanding increased efforts to locate and rescue the missing students. The Obama administration has said the disappearance of these girls is an outrage.
Hundreds of public officials and celebrities have shared Ify’s Change.org petition, from Sarah Brown, the wife of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, to actress Mia Farrow, singer Ja Rule, actor Patton Oswalt, and numerous others.
Ify says her Change.org petition is a sign of solidarity with the missing girls and hopes that through social media, people around the globe can keep the attention on these missing girls until they are found.
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