For those who are unfamiliar with the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, it is a western campaign that originated after the Boko Haram kidnapping of 274 Nigerian school girls. The campaign has been extremely successful with celebrities, politicians and influential entrepreneurs posting their own pictures on social media with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. P. Diddy and Michelle Obama are two well known and highly influential people that have also posted pictures with them holding up a sign stating #BringBackOurGirls.
Recently, the leader of Boko Haram published a viral video mocking the social media campaign with his personal statements, "Bring Back Our Army" - in reference to the several Boko Haram members who have been incarcerated or killed. The leaders has stated that he will release the girls if Nigerian prisons confirm the release of the Boko Haram prisoners. Unfortunately, the government has stated that they will not negotiate with terrorist, and that an act by force is necessary in the rescue of the more than 200 Nigerian girls still missing.
Boko Haram's leader has stated that he has been commanded by Alah to sell the kidnapped girls. There have been reports that the girls are being forced into Islam and being sold to Boko Haram members as brides for $12.50 USD. Fortunately, 57 of the girls were able to escape either during or shortly after the incident occurred. The government listed reports that the school had been shut down a month prior to the attack as a result of deteriorating security issues. Members from various schools had been summoned to take their final exams in the school during the time of the kidnapping. Reports also state the government had 4-hours prior warning of the attack, but were unable to provide the proper reinforcements to prevent the attack.
International Support for #BringBackOurGirls
There have been major criticisms of the Nigerian government for not taking precessions to protect the citizens and end the Boko Haram terrorist attacks. Another outrage has occurred, regarding the racial contradiction of the incident. Many are stating that if the girls were European or African American and were in a location such as Europe, media coverage and support would be significantly more in-depth and involved. Sadly, in countries where catastrophic events from religious extremism occur often, the majority of the world doesn't take as much notice. It's very disappointing that people only react to situations that they believe could have happened to them. This ideology is in need of a paradigm shift.
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Written by Steven Carpenter