A global social media campaign and droves of Twitter users are demanding the rescue of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls. Last month, the terror group Boko Haram kidnapped them the middle of the night. The militant Islamic group strongly opposes the education of women.
Authorities say at least 53 girls have escaped, leaving 223 still missing. A state of emergency has been issued by Nigeria’s government in the states where the girls were stolen.
Protesters in cities around the world demanded the release of the girls. A social media campaign has helped spread the word about the horrific story -- using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. On Saturday, Pope Francis joined others to raise attention to the horrific story.
In an op-ed published Saturday, The New York Timesspoke with the Secretary of State John Kerry about the situation. He reportedly said the U.S. government is "absolutely" pushing Nigeria to do more to find the girls and is offering some assistance. He described the situation as "not just an act of terrorism." Instead, Kerry described it as a "massive human trafficking movement and grotesque."
There is also a Change.org petition devoted to finding the young women. So far, more than 214,000 people have signed.