Hollywood stars such as Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and more have joined in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign rally against the government of Nigeria and its president Goodluck Jonathan.
On April 14, reportedly more than 276 secondary girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants from their school in the village of Chibok, in Borno state of Nigeria. Another eight were reportedly taken from another village earlier this week.CNN reported that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan released a statement on the first abduction two weeks after it happened.
Last week, a video surfaced with Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, telling the media that he will sell the girls as instructed by Allah. This fuelled the fears of the families that the girls might be sold as brides or worse as slaves.
Families and teachers took to the streets to rally against their government for swift action in the search for the girls. According to EOnline, the Nigerian government has said that they are working to find all of the missing children but have been unable to do so thus far.
Nigerian First Lady Patience Jonathan, had ordered for the rallying to stop, however the number of protesters only increased as #BringBackOurGirls campaign had reached international uproar.
It's nearing three weeks since the abduction and according to NYDailyNews, the girls' disappearance has triggered an international uproar over the weakness of the Nigerian government in the search for the girls. CNN reported that US and UK have joined in the search. Hollywood stars and personalities have also joined in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to raise awareness for the missing girls.
Among the stars and personalities who showed their support:
Leona Lewis (see photo)
Model Cara Delevingne (photo)
First Lady Michelle Obama (photo)
Singer Alicia Keys (photo)
Comedian Amy Poehler (photo)
Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Schulman (see photo)
Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher, Sean Penn, and Bradley Cooper also rallied (see photo)
EOnline gathered tweets of the stars as well:
Kourtney Kardashian "Heartbreaking #bringbackourgirls"
Cara Delevingne "Everyone help and raise awareness #regram #repost or make your own!"
Poppy Delevingne: "I can't believe we live in a world where this happens...#bringbackourgirls"
Kendall Jenner "This is heartbreaking. please help raise awareness! let's#BringBackOurGirls"
Rachael Ray "Thank you FLOTUS for joining #BringBackOurGirls and may this be the beginning of end of terror in Nigeria."
Kerry Washington "Amen. "@ABCWorldNews: Michelle Obama joins#BringBackOurGirls movement on Twitter"
Naomi Campbell "#BringBackOurGirls!!! President GoodLuck do something !!!"
Ian Somerhalder "Empowering our youth through education is the TRUE key to hope-let's use our voices,innovation&collective power to #BringBackOurGirlsNOW!!!"
Reese Witherspoon "Sending prayers to Nigerian families who are missing their daughters. It's time to #bringbackourgirls"
Mia Farrow: "A serious search for Nigeria's stolen girls has taken WAY too long #BringBackOurGirls"
Whoopi Goldberg "Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls"
Jessica Biel "This is barbaric. Human trafficking needs to end NOW"
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) "It can't happen soon enough." #BringBackOurGirls
Kirsten Gillibrand @SenGillibrand " No girl should have to risk her life to get the education she deserves." #bringbackourgirls
Christina Aguilera @xtina "Please help @GirlRising and use your voice to demand the safe return of Nigerian girls." #BringBackOurGirls
Rachel Zoe @RachelZoe "My heart goes out to the missing girls and their families...let's #bringbackourgirls"