Did you forget about #BringBackOurGirls? Nigeria — and their parents — haven’t 

Just a few months ago, the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram was a cause célèbre: There was the ubiquitous hashtag (#BringBackOurGirls), celebrity supporters (some misguided) and political pressure from the international community. And then, just like every other viral movement, it faded from public view.

Much like the #Kony2012 campaign, #BringBackOurGirls seemed to highlight the worst of hashtag activism: People’s tendency to jump on a viral bandwagon until the next media-ready cause rolls into town.

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Boko Haram’s “Deadliest Massacre” Kills Thousands in Nigeria

"In the most recent attacks by extremist militant group Boko Haram, hundreds of gunmen attacked the town of Baga, leaving up to 2,000 people dead. The majority of those killed were women, children, and the elderly who could not flee quickly enough.

Boko Haram has continually attacked northern Nigeria since 2009; they have targeted officials, civilians, women, children, and have kidnapped girls. In the most internationally known case, the militants kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in April of last year – most of the girls are still missing, and attempts by the government to retrieve them have failed.

The news inspired the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and protests insisting the Nigerian government and international governments do something to bring the schoolgirls home. Since then, at least 100 more girls have been kidnapped.

Boko Haram’s goal is to establish an Islamist state with strict Sharia law in Nigeria. Their attacks often disproportionately hurt and kill women and girls, though boys and men are also killed or are taken and forced to fight for the group.”

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#BringBackOurGirls #JeSuisBaga

Married at age 13, Maimuna Abdullahi endured an abusive marriage for a year — and is now at 14 one of thousands of divorced girls in Nigeria. Once married, her husband forced her to drop out of school, blaming her few years of schooling for her disobedience. “She had too much ABCD,” he says. “Too much ABCD.”

Maimuna’s situation is representative of many others — only 2 percent of married girls in Nigeria attend school compared to 69 percent of unmarried girls, according to the United Nations. But Maimuna considers her self lucky, because she now attends the Tattalli School Free School for divorced girls and is learning a trade so she can support herself. 

Learn more via the AP.


A flower for Na’omi by Alissandra Seelaus
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Tribute illustrations commissioned for each of the 180 kidnapped Nigerian girls whose names are currently available to the public. Nearly 300 young women are still missing. A summary of what has happened can be found here.

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Bring Back Our Girls

It’s the 3 month anniversary of the kidnapping of 300 girls from their school dormitory in Nigeria. Most of these young women are still missing.

In honor of those girls, their families and young women everywhere who are fighting to be educated, I enlisted a few of my friends to renew the push to #BringBackOurGirls

The abduction in Nigeria - and lack of resolve to find the girls - is appalling. Malala Yousafzai has inspired me, as she has for years, to stay involved. I hope you will join us too.

Visit the sites of Amnesty International, Save the Children and for info and to donate.

#StrongerThan Fear

PICTURED: Ester Dean, Hanna Mae Lee, Alexis Knapp, Chrissie Fit, Brittany Snow, me, Kelley Jakle, Hailee Steinfeld, Jamie Bell and Shelley Regner.

Boko Haram’s terrorist cycle using female captives continues in Nigeria with the abduction of 20 more women, adding to the 276 schoolgirls still held in captivity since April.

It’s yet another sign that the terrorist group is not backing down, as it continues its insurgency in the country. And perhaps yet another testament to the Nigerian government’s failure to curb the group’s violent tactics. 

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Eleven parents of Nigeria’s abducted schoolgirls died, and their hometown Chibok is under siege from militants, residents report. Seven fathers of kidnapped girls were among the 51 bodies brought to the local hospital after an extremist attack on a nearby village. At least four more parents have died of illnesses related to the trauma caused by the kidnapping of their children. 

"One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him," said community leader Pogu Bitrus.

More danger is imminent: Boko Haram is closing in on Chibok and has been invading the towns surrounding it, forcing the villagers to seek refuge there. Because of the towns swelling population resources are depleted.

Community leader warns: “there is a famine looming.”

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