#BringBackOurGirls

I shared this heartbreaking but very true graphic this morning on Facebook about the “news the media is covering”. Very sad that a stupid fight between celeb-in-laws is the top news story and seemingly has the most attention surrounding it.

It has been over 1 month since these girls were taken from their school, while in the midst of writing exams. Can you imagine if “The Beaches” schools were stormed and our daughters, sisters and friends were missing? I can’t even fathom something like that happening and yet it is the reality for almost 300 families in Nigeria.

Social Activisim may not be the most effective, but if enough of us make an outcry, we can accomplish anything. Please read below and join Walk Free & myself if you can.

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After a month of silence, finally some news. A new video has emerged showing 130 of over 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls: alive and apparently unharmed.1

It’s the first we’ve heard of the girls since their abduction — but the video raises more questions than it answers. It doesn’t tell us where the girls are being held, or where their classmates are.

What we do know is that the video was released by Boko Haram, the Nigerian militant group responsible for the girls’ capture last month. This is the same group whose leader claimed last week: “There is a market for selling humans.”2

At this pivotal moment, it’s crucial we keep the pressure on the Nigerian Government to use every resource at its disposal to locate the girls and return them to their families.

Click to update your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures to help spread the word about the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of thousands of women’s rights advocates have added their voice to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Malala has done it. Michelle Obama has done it. And you’ve done it too. It’s a truly global movement, with activists from Lagos to London united by their outrage at the kidnappings, and a desire to see the girls recovered safely.

It’s vital that we now keep this campaign in the public eye, to ensure Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and other world leaders take coordinated action to find the missing girls. Changing our Facebook and Twitter profile pictures is one simple way we can use the power of our social networks to amplify this message.

We’ve made doing this simple for you. Just click on this link, then follow the two-step process to add the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag to your Facebook or Twitter profile pictures.

Then hit ‘reply’ to let us know when you’re done.

After an international outcry, the missing schoolgirls from Borno State, Nigeria are now front page news — and we can’t let momentum waver. So once you’ve taken action, forward this note to your friends and family asking them to do the same.

In solidarity,

Debra, Andrew, Sarah, Joanna, Mika & the Walk Free team

P.S. We know you agree that everything must be done to #BringBackOurGirls – click to send this message, loud and clear.

1 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27373287
2 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/05/boko-haram-claims-responsibility-kidnapping-nigeria-schoolgirls

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