+ On April 14, Boko Haram militants raided the Government Girls Secondary School and kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls.
+ All girls kidnapped are reportedly between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.
+ Original reports incorrectly estimated the number of girls missing. Because girls in the area were preparing to take exams, there were more students at the all-girls school than usual.
+ The Government Girls Secondary School is located in Chibok, a town in northeastern Nigeria.
+ Coverage of the kidnappings did not reach the US nightly news cycle until May 1st, a full two weeks after the girls had been abducted from their school.
+ According to reports, 53 girls managed to escape from their captors.
+ An estimated 276 girls are still missing.
+ Boko Haram roughly translates to “Western education is sin” or “Western education is forbidden.” The group is made up of Islam extremists who have claimed responsibility for recent attacks in the country.
+ Some sources are reporting that the girls are being sold into “marriage” with their militant captors. Others are allegedly being trafficked into neighboring countries.
+ Over the weekend, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has reached out to other countries, including the United States, to seek help in bringing the girls home safely.
+ On Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged the US would do “everything possible to support the Nigerian government to return these young women to their homes and to hold the perpetrators to justice.”
+Frustrated with the lack of action to find the girls, the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has exploded over social media. Celebrities such as Common, Sophia Bush, and Keri Hilson.
+ According to the Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls YouTube channel, on May 6th at 12pm EST, Girl Rising and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls initiative will be “co-organizing a ‘Call to Action’ Google Hangout in response to the abducted Nigerian school girls.”
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