Target: Ade Adefuye, Nigerian Ambassador to the United States
Goal: Ensure the safe return of over 230 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls
The recent abduction of over 230 teenage girls from their school in Nigeria has sparked global outrage and prompted calls for action from people all over the world. Add your voice: tell Nigeria to bring back our girls.
The girls, all between the ages of sixteen and eighteen, were kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria, by Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group that over the last decade or so “has grown exponentially and is increasingly targeting civilians,” the LA Times reports. The group’s violent tactics have included suicide bombings and attacks on police stations, and the Times reports that more than 250,000 Nigerians have fled their homes as a result of the violence so far in 2014.
The kidnapped girls remain missing, and reports indicate that they have been or will be sold into sex slavery or arranged marriages. The Nigerian government has yet to take any action over the kidnappings, despite the cries of protesters, who marched on the capital about two weeks after the kidnappings took place, and the existence of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, which is trending worldwide. Such a bold and horrifying crime is unconscionable, but the government’s inability to act is equally appalling. Sign the petition and demand that Nigeria bring back our girls.
I am writing to express my deep concern for the more than two hundred Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014. I grieve for the girls, their families, and their friends, and I abhor the actions of those that have taken them, but I am also disgusted by the Nigerian government’s lack of action. It is imperative that the girls be located and rescued immediately. I urge you to take up the message: bring back our girls.
The kidnapped girls, all just sixteen to eighteen years old, are reportedly being sold into sex slavery or arranged marriages. Such circumstances are horrifying in any situation, but for them to be so widespread and well-publicized–and for them to happen to girls so young–makes the girls’ ordeal even more upsetting. It is outrageous that nothing has yet been done to save the girls, and this circumstance–in addition to the kidnapping itself–is a further black mark on Nigeria’s reputation.
I urge you to stand with the families, friends, and supporters of the abducted girls. I demand that the Nigerian government immediately take decisive action in the search for the missing girls, and that it prosecute anyone found responsible for the abductions to the fullest extent of the law.
Do not ignore the world’s calls for justice, but more importantly, do not ignore your responsibility to Nigeria’s daughters. Bring back our girls.
[Your Name Here]
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