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Bring Back Our Girls – Where Are They Now?

Nigeria Kidnapped Girls Hometown

FILE – In this Monday, May 19, 2014 file photo, Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria. In a new video released late Friday night Oct. 31, 2014, the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released. “The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” he said, laughing. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Two years ago, over 200 girls were kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok in Nigeria. The news went worldwide trending the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls showing unity in not only race but in family as well. These girls still remain missing but dozens have escaped. Those who miraculously escaped are either too scared to reveal the locations or simply have forgotten due to fear. This tragedy seems to have been taken out of the spotlight over time. Recently, it has been brought back to media when the kidnappers allowed several girls to appear on camera.

Mothers pointed out their young daughters, happy to see them alive but still longing for them to be back home. Tears flowed two years ago and they still do today for these girls. The best thing about social media is that it allows for important news to reach all corners of the world. When the #BringOurGirlsBack began to trend, it only lasted for a month before new topics began to take over. Is focusing on the Kardashians and Trump’s newest controversy helping to relieve the broken hearts of the Nigerian mothers? The country is still in pain and needs our help.

There are many other heartbreaking tragedies that needs our support and attention as a nation, but this one in particular needs us. This deals with our future generation. These girls are going through fear and confusion at why they haven’t been retrieved yet. At their age the only thing they should worry about is test scores and who is going to win the next soccer game at school. Two years ago we cared. How about now?

Written By: Sunday Owens, Staff Writer, #mygirlsquad

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