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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Boko Haram kidnappings continue

Kidnapped Nigerian girlsNearly two months after Boko Haram’s kidnapping of 270 school girls, the militants group is now suspected to have abducted at least 91 more individuals - 60 women and girls and 31 boys. After Boko Haram’s initial kidnapping the internet erupted into calls for action including the viral #BringBackOurGirls. Despite the calls for action, little progress has been made in terms of rescuing the abducted individuals and the attention towards the issue has dissipated from the public sphere. The case is of particular time sensitivity as Boko Haram leaders have not only continued violent raids and abductions, but have also threatened to sell the kidnapped girls into slavery.

Though the girls have yet to be rescued, why do you think public attention has waned? What are ways in which we can take action on this issue right here in the U.S.? How can we move beyond “internet activism” and enact real change on these issues?   

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