Three weeks after 276 schoolgirls were abducted in northern Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, most of them are still in the hands of their captors. The movement to free them has spread outside the country’s borders, with students around the world expressing support for the girls by posting photos online under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
More than 200 girls from a private school in the United Kingdom – approximately the same number and age as those missing in Nigeria – posed for a series of photos.
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In Brussels, university students from the European Students Union also showed their support.
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One of the most famous crusaders for girls’ rights to study, Malala Yousafzai, has also pitched in. In 2009, Malala herself was attacked by extremists in Pakistan who wanted to stop girls from attending school, just like those in Nigeria.
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These photographs, which have been shared widely on Twitter, have inspired many other individual students to post their own pictures.
A Twitter user in the United States posted this photo with the caption, "I told my daughter about #BringBackOurGirls yesterday. She went to school and came back with this!"