One year ago today, nearly 300 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group.
On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram abducted more than 270 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria. Soon after, more than 50 of them managed to escape, but we believe that others still remain captive. Malala Yousafzai, wrote these girls an open letter, telling them to 'stay strong and never lose hope.' Malala, 17-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner was shot in the face by the Taliban in 2012 for advocating for the right for girls to go to school in Pakistan.
Here is part of Malala's letter:
My name is Malala. I am a Pakistani girl your age. I am one of the millions of people around the world who keep you and your families foremost in our thoughts and prayers. We cannot imagine the full extent of the horrors you have endured. But please know this: we will never forget you. We will always stand with you. Today and every day, we call on the Nigerian au-thorities and the international community to do more to bring you home. We will not rest un-til you have been reunited with your families.
According to Huffpost, Yousafzai went to Nigeria last July to advocate for the release of the girls. While there, the teen met with President Goodluck Jonathan as well as the parents of some of the victims.
One year later, #BringBackOurGirls is trending on Twitter and people are asking, 'Why isn't more being done?' Protests and prayer vigils were held all over the world in honor of these missing women. Follow the #BringBackOurGirls and #Stopthekillings hashtags for more updates.