#Bring Back Our Girls: The Forgotten Captives

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We all should care!

Overnight on April 14, 2014, more than 200 schoolgirls at the Chibok school in Nigeria found themselves in the clutches of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Their abduction sparked global outrage and a huge campaign calling for their rescue, intensified by the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

It has been five months since the girls were kidnapped. It still remains that someone’s daughter or sister are out there terrifies. A few days after the abduction some of the girls managed to escape. Since that time no more girls have escaped or been rescued, and roughly 276 are still being held captive. They remain missing despite an international outcry and hundreds of celebrities demanding that the group #Bringbackourgirls. Despite the presence of special forces troops from countries including the United States, Canada, England, and France, the location of the kidnapped girls is still unknown or just too difficult to attempt a rescue mission.

So what happened to the support?

The limits of social media hashtag activism became apparent; sharing outrage on social media felt empowering to many shortly after the abduction but did not translate into any real effect. The online community soon lost interest when positive results weren’t coming along. After days, weeks and months, the demand to Bring Back Our Girls faded. Most of those who protested and shared the pleas on social media moved on to other causes and concerns, including ALS water challenges and outrage over the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Who knew getting an education would turn into something like this… We can’t forget those who are still missing!

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