In Nigeria, a terrorist group, Boko Haram, is holding 276 girls who were abducted from a raid on a school in Chibok on 15 April and a further eight, aged between eight and 15, who were snatched from a village on Monday, also in its stronghold in north-eastern Borno state. Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the group's main faction, has threatened to sell the schoolgirls as slaves.
I have seen a lot about this in the news lately and many activists have gone to social media to raise awareness to the situation to get the US and other countries to assist in finding these children. Twitter hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls, has so far been tweeted more than 1 million times with Michelle Obama being the latest high profile politician to offer her support.
I just decided to join the cause and tweet my sentiments as well with a picture of me and my little girls because I can't imagine the pain these parents are enduring. There are many other issues surrounding this event in Nigeria and whether their government is corrupt or not. But children do not deserve this. Little girls are too often taken advantage of.... This stuff breaks a mother's heart.
Read more about the hastag: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/07/bring-back-our-girls-global-protests-abduction-nigerian-schoolgirls?CMP=twt_gu
Or read more about the current search for the missing girls, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27304441