This man, Abubakar Shekau, leads a Nigerian militant group called Boko Haram, which claims to be Islamist in its beliefs.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. - image - rnw.nl

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. – image – rnw.nl

These are the Boko Haram men. They are known for terrorist attacks and atrocities against civilians.

These heavily armed, dangerous men believe that young girls should not be exposed to Western education and would better serve their communities as wives and mothers. Boko Haram have taken responsibility for kidnapping almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls.

Initially, media houses did not give this shocking story of human suffering enough attention.

People also felt that this man, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, was not treating the kidnapping with the urgency it deserves.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. - image - bcnn5.com

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan. – image – bcnn5.com

This led to ordinary people, world politicians, religious leaders, celebrities, businesses and other organisations taking to social media, armed only with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to demand the return of the girls and show support for the traumatised families.

So, next time you come across the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls on social media, do share and retweet the content to help raise and maintain awareness about the Nigerian schoolgirls until they return home safely.

 

Click on the links below for the latest developments in the saga.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram threatens to sell kidnapped schoolgirls

Kidnapped schoolgirls raped 15 times a day, says one who escaped

Mama Graça Machel, wife of late President Nelson Mandela writes open letter to girls and their families

Nigeria abductions: US and UK experts help seek schoolgirls

Nigeria ramps up search for missing girls