Sweet Tweet: Common, Mary J. Blige + Keri Call For Safety of Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Two weeks ago more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria were kidnapped, apparently by the extremist group Boko Haram, a name that translates to “Western education is forbidden.” In Nigeria, people are protesting to the government about why more isn’t being done to save the girls. And celebs like Common, Mary J. Blige and Keri Hilson are sounding the alarm on Twitter.

Common tweeted a link to an MSNBC News story:

+ Watch Almost 190 girls still missing in Nigeria

Mary tweeted this info and emotional pic:

Keri tweeted a number of things about the topic, including:

She also tweeted:

We’re not quite certain how many schoolgirls were kidnapped (The New York Times reports “as many as 273, although the authorities and parents differ on the number”). According to the MSNBC piece Common links to, armed men seized the girls and torched the school. Some girls have escaped, but most have not.

Reports have recently arisen that the girls are being forced into marrying the Boko Haram extremists. The Associated Press’ chief Africa correspondent, Michelle Faul, however, denies that this is the case.

Hundreds of people are protesting in Nigeria, demanding that more should be done in order to get the girls home safely. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls is also being used on social media to bring attention to the media, politicians and everyone with Twitter that we need to stand up and make sure the girls are returned safely home.

Since the story involves a violent way of keeping girls away from education, Malala has also spoken up. “We should think about them, the international community should think about these girls because this is a part of our community, and if we forget these girls, it means like we are forgetting our own sister, our own people,” she said.

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