One year ago this month, Boko Haram’s (“Western education is sin” in English) leader Abubakar Shekau released a video announcing a new front in its attempt at forced Islamism: his fighters will begin abducting girls and selling them.
It is the recent abductions of nearly 300 girls taken from a school in Nigeria that has spawned global outrage and horror. The girls taken from a school by armed militants are still missing, possibly sold into slavery or married off. In an attempt to raise awareness, a #BringBackOurGirls campaign began on Twitter and has quickly spread with demonstrators taking to the streets around the world to demand action.
The goal of Boko Haram is to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa’s most populous nation, which is split between a majority Muslim north and a mostly Christian south. The United States has branded Boko Haram a terror organization and has put a $7 million bounty on the group’s elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau.
The Ursuline College community supports the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Share your photos by using the hashtag and please share/like the photos we will post over the next week.