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We didn’t #BringBackOurGirls. And we lost thousands more.

April 15, 2016

A hard lesson in hashtag activism

Pop quiz: It’s been two years since #BringBackOurGirls first trended on social media. FLOTUS tweeted it. Celebs made signs. And for what? Who are the girls? Where did they go? Here’s a horrifying recap: The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, on April 14, 2014. Some escaped, but 219 vanished, prompting the #BringBackOurGirls campaign that captured international attention and accomplished nothing. Since #BringBackOurGirls, Boko Haram has grown stronger. Thousands of innocent people are dead; millions have been displaced. At least 2,000 more women and girls have been kidnapped and likely sold into sex slavery. If they’re alive, the Chibok girls are a symbol of Boko Haram’s evil devastation. But it’s unlikely we’ll ever bring them back.


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