On Friday, October 10th, Malala Yousafzai (pictured) was announced as a co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize at 17 years old. She’s the youngest Nobel Laureate in history. Malala has lent her voice to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign using her Twitter page to champion our cause. She was in Nigeria in August and was able to get Nigeria’s President to agree that he’ll meet with the parents of the missing Chibok Girls.
This made the October 11th celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child bittersweet for us as we were happy for Malala, yet could not help remember that it had been 180 days since 276 girls were abducted by the Boko Haram sect from their school, Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.
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On Tuesday, October 14th, it became exactly six (6) months since the abduction. When the news of the April 14th abduction first filtered through and a series of marches were started in support of our girls in April/early May, we could never have imagined that we would still be here in October!
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Monday night, there was a vigil in Kenya, and yesterday in Abuja and New York, there were rallies to remind the Nigerian Government that six months later, our girls are still missing!
See the protests that occurred on Tuesday around the world here:
It has been a long 6 months but we will NOT stop until our girls are back & alive.
In Abuja, Nairobi, New York, and around the world, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria continue to demand that the Federal Government of Nigeria act swiftly and allow the international community to provide support.
Experts say that the chances of rescuing an abductee drops with every passing minute, thus the denial of the Federal Government to admit that the girls had been kidnapped for almost three weeks cost us invaluable time.
We continue to hope that they will act before it’s too late. As we hope, we also act.
Will you hope with us?
For more information on what you can do, visit www.bringbackourgirls.ng.