Michelle Obama, Malala and Others Join Twitter Trend to Demand Safe Return of Abducted Nigerian Girls

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Zohaib Ahmed
May, 8, 2014: Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and Amy Poehler condemn abduction of Nigerian girls on Twitter.

Several prominent female personalities have joined the social media campaign against the kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the Islamist Jihadist group Boko Haram.

While Angelina Jolie and Hillary Clinton have publicly spoken on the matter, Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and Amy Poehler have gone a step further by snapping pictures of themselves holding placards saying: "#BringBackOurGirls."

The hashtag is an attempt at urging the authorities to take military action against the terrorist organization whose mission is to establish a "pure" Islamic state ruled by sharia law in Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.

Boko Haram caused international outrage on the night of 14–15 April last month by launching an armed attack on the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria and abducting 276 teen girls, of which most are Christians.

Mrs. Obama posted her picture with the message: "Bring back our girls', accompanied by the caption: 'Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls. –mo."

Malala posted her picture with the message: "#Malala stands in solidarity with Nigerians & people everywhere calling for action to #BringBackOurGirls."

Amy Poehler chimed in too although the text on her placard wasn't too clear.

Here are some more interesting photos from this trend that has taken Twitter by storm:

Here are some more interesting photos from this trend that has taken Twitter by storm:

But even if Nigerian military forces give in to this international pressure and launch and all-out attack on Boko Haram, it wouldn't be easy finding the victims. That's because reports suggest the girls are holed up in an extremely vast forest that is full of wild animals and poisonous snakes. Hence, any rescue operations would likely take a lot of time and energy.

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