bring back our girls

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An AMAZING display of solidarity from Atlanta, New York, DC, Philly, London and back to Nigeria. Men, women and children showed up in their Gele’s (headwraps) for rallies and protests today in an effort to push for more coverage and aid in finding the abducted Nigerian girls. #BringBackOurGirls

(These photos are not mine, they are photos from twitter. Please feel free to tag anyone you may know that is in these pics)

Finally, Nigeria’s Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are Coming Home

Photo: Some of the schoolgirls Boko Haram kidnapped in mid-April. 

“On Friday, Nigeria’s government announced it had reached a deal with Boko Haram to release the approximately 200 schoolgirls held captive by the Islamist terror group since April.

The agreement, announced by the country’s defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine,” an official with Nigeria’s security forces told Reuters Friday. “It is worth taking seriously.”

Boko Haram militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in mid-April, sparking a worldwide outcry and propelling the group onto to the international stage for the first time. Over fifty of the girls escaped early on. The rest have remained in captivity ever since.“

As reported by Mother Jones 

AWESOME NEWS - this has been such a nightmare to follow, it is so great to hear the girls are being released!

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So, this is pretty shocking. 234 girls were abducted from their boarding school in Chibok in Nigeria on April 15th. Most of them are between the ages of 16 and 18. It is known that they were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and it is believed that the girls are being sold as wives, and are now involved in human traficking. It is even known roughly where they are being kept.
There has been very little response from the Nigerian government, in fact even telling international media that a large number had been found when they hadn’t. The Nigerian army is also very inefficient at dealing with this kind of crisis. The Nigerian people have been holding mass protests and fundraising to send out private search parties into the jungle. Now there is a call for international governments to lend a hand, these girls have done nothing to deserve to suffer at the hands of a corrupt and unjust government.

As usual with third world affairs, I’ve seen very little about this on tumblr, and there’s been an international social media campaign to raise awareness about this. Can you imagine in 234 girls went missing from the UK, USA or Europe?! If you call yourself a feminist, then you have a duty to care about women’s rights internationally, and this a pretty big infringement of those rights.

Please spread the message about this, and go and find out about it! You can sign this petition to the Nigerian President or this one to the White House.. Or you could donate to a human rights organisation such as Amnesty International, who have even set up a tumblr to show support for the girls.

I’m just shocked at the lack of media coverage this is getting, and more people need to be aware of this!

Dates To Remember

January 12th, 2010 - Earthquake in Haiti

May 16, 2010 - Aiyana Stanley-Jones

September 17, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street

February 26, 2012 - Trayvon Martin

April 14, 2014 - Nigerian school girls go missing

July 17, 2014 - Eric Garner

August 5th, 2014 - John Crawford III

August 9, 2014 - Mike Brown

August 9, 2014 (Still happening) - Ferguson Protests

January 3, 2015 - Nigeria Massacre

If I’ve forgotten anything, and I’m sure I have, please add on.

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Part 2: 

There was a lot of talk today about the media’s failed coverage [read: non-coverage] of the 234 Nigerian girls, thus came the #234WhiteGirls hashtag.

No, none of us wants any white girls to go missing. We just want these Nigerian girls to get the same amount of coverage that white girls get (or would get), because EVERY girl matters.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS

Remember 2014.

Remember where you were when you heard that a police officer could legally kill an unarmed teenager without consequence.

Remember Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice and the countless black children slaughtered by a corrupt country’s police force.

Remember the 43 young people in Mexico who were needlessly killed to stop them protesting, and remember the size of the protests that followed.

Remember the injustice at the Brazilian World Cup and how the sport was seen as more important than the people.

Remember the Nigerian schoolgirls who still are not home.

Remember the images of Hong Kong students being tear gassed for challenging the legitimacy of their democracy.

Remember when President Putin invaded the Ukraine.

Remember Gaza’s hospitals being bombed by Israeli forces and the small Palestinian children who died innocently playing in the street after their homes had been destroyed.

Remember when the meaning of the name Isis changed.

Remember watching the world raising their arms above their heads and asking their ‘protectors’ not to shoot.

These are the things that are important. These are a part of the story of humanity. We are all a part of this narrative. Some of us have bigger roles, but this world belongs to all of us. One day your children or grandchildren will be asking you questions about this time.

Remember how old you are this year.

Remember what point you are at in your life.

Remember how seeing the world around you change made you feel. and how you reacted.

Remember the conversations you had with friends and loved ones. and how they reacted.

Remember how you cried. Or how you did not.

Remember how shocked you were. Or how you were not.

Remember the loss. The individuals. The movements. The injustice. The change. How nothing was ever the same again.

Remember.

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Will Nigeria’s New President Be Able To ‘Bring Back Our Girls?’

As the Nigerian military moved in on a Boko Haram stronghold, the militants pelted hostages to death with stones in an effort to keep them from being rescued. A group of about 300 women and children held as hostages were freed by the Nigerian forces on Sunday. The military said that it’s released 700 from Boko Haram captivity in the last week.