#BringBackOurGirls: 2 years on… how social media reacted

Today – April 14 – marked the 2nd year anniversary of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their school in Chibok community, Borno state.

In light of this, people – from all over the world – flooded their social media pages with messages of solidarity and enduring hope that the Chibok girls would eventually be rescued from the claws of Islamic terrorist sect, Boko Haram.















Just wondering #BringBackOurGirls #ChibokGirls ? ? ? ? ? ?

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Two years ago today, nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a dormitory in a remote part of Northern Nigeria. Their disappearance sparked global outrage. But outrage alone doesn't necessarily translate into action, nor was there a similar level of interest in the many other girls and boys who were kidnapped before that day or since then. I called my friend Sunday in Abuja today, a guy from Chibok who helped me get many of the girl's uniforms and other things. He told me he'd seen one of his missing cousins in the recently released proof of life video, but not the other one. He remains faithfully optimistic – insisting that the video is giving him and his family hope to continue waiting for the girls' return. For awhile, everywhere I was, I calculated how long it would take me to get back to Northern Nigeria if the girls were rescued. About 3-4 days from New York, a bit more from California, less from Lagos. I'm not sure when I stopped making the calculation Sunday sounded cheerful on the phone, as always, despite the occasion, and as always, deeply gracious. He thanked me for profusely for the pictures I'd made and for continuing to stay in touch. I can't help but think about my role in the global media phenomenon of #bringbackourgirls, and I can't help but wonder why we don't care as much about the other people who have been kidnapped? From 3-4 days away, all I can do is wonder. And if I were there, all I'd be doing is participating in a media circus that is also deeply flawed. But, if Sunday is optimistic, who am I to doubt? Perhaps all that's left is his faith.

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