Just hours after terrorist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for kidnapping over 200 girls in Nigeria, at least 8 more girls were taken from their homes on Monday, May 5. Now, celebrities are combining their star power with social media to help spread the word about the kidnapped girls and help get others involved in rescuing them.
Celebs Join #BringBackOurGirls Social Campaign
Social media has once again proven its power in times of crisis.
Shortly after Boko Haram‘s leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for kidnapping over 200 girls in Nigeria, celebs took to social media to help spread the word about their ruthless terrorism.
Now, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign has gone viral. Not only are celebrities now involved, but reporters and politicians are fighting back against Boko Haram and their threats to continue kidnapping the daughters of Christian families, demanding that they instead convert to Islam to get their children back.
Why is this important? Because celebrities reach a vast audience of fans and followers on social media, especially young people who may not know about the kidnappings in Nigeria. They also have the power to inspire others not only to help spread their message, but get involved in the fight against terror.
Here is just a sample of the messages sent by celebrities on social media, starting with Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who survived being shot in the head by terrorists for going to school to get an education.
#BringBack Our Girls
— Malala Fund (@MalalaFund) May 4, 2014
— Robin Roberts (@RobinRoberts) May 7, 2014
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 2, 2014
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) May 7, 2014
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 5, 2014
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) May 1, 2014
— Jessica Biel (@JessicaBiel) May 6, 2014
— Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) May 6, 2014
Help #bringbackourgirls it’s time we ALL start talking about this and bringing more attention to such horrific crime.
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) May 6, 2014
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Have you joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign?
— Lauren Cox