Help #BringBackOurGirls

Innocence Has Been Snatched Away

Nearly 300 Nigerian high school students still remain missing after being kidnapped by Islamic militants last month. In order to raise international media attention, there is a Twitter campaign going around with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. The phrase has already been retweeted globally over a million times.

When I first heard the news of the kidnapping, it brought about an empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. I remember being in Ghana and talking with mothers who had sent their girls away to boarding school (which is a very common practice.) I would feel sickened if anyone ever snatched my son away from a place that was supposed to be safe. Coincidentally, my son happens to be the same age as many of those girls who were kidnapped.

Oftentimes when tragedies like this strike, we want to help but we feel helpless, (especially if those tragedies are happening oceans away.) With Twitter campaigns such as this one, regular people like you or I can get involved and help raise awareness. Feel free to share this photo across all of your social media networks.

Looking for more ways to get involved? This article by ABC News offers a few suggestions.