Social media has been lighting up with people typing #BringBackOurGirls or #RealMenDontBuyGirls as millions show support with the parents of nearly 300 schoolgirls who were stolen from their dorms in Nigeria. Countless celebrities and even First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured) are hopeful that the youngsters will one day return to their families.
The United States, China and several European nations have offered assistance to Nigeria to get the girls back. Desperate fathers had attempted to go after their daughters who are being sold as wives for $12 to their terrorist kidnappers. They were turned back by villagers who told them their machetes and sticks would not stand a chance against Boko Haram who has since attacked a small community, killing nearly 400 hundred people.
President Barack Obama described the situation as “heartbreaking” and “outrageous,” and urged global action against the group.
“This may be the event that helps to mobilise the entire international community to finally do something against this horrendous organisation that’s perpetrated such a terrible crime,” he added.
A US team has been sent to Nigeria consisting of “military, law enforcement, and other agencies”, Obama said, and will work to “identify where in fact these girls might be and provide them help”.
He denounced Boko Haram as “one of the worst regional or local terrorist organisations”.