It is hard to believe but it has been six months since the armed group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 Nigerian girls from a boarding school in the northeastern town of Chibok.
The April 14 mass abduction that drew global shock, condemnation, and media attention. None of the young women so far have been rescued, despite a global #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign that went viral and garnered support from such high-profile figures as Michelle Obama, and Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai. World leaders from countries including the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, Canada and Israel offered assistance to Nigeria to free the schoolgirls, but to date no diplomatic or military action has secured their release.
So how is it that the travesty has since been largely ‘forgotten’ by mainstream media and others? This world is something else folks.
At least all have not forgotten.
Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz held a protest in New York City earlier this week to raise awareness for the cause on the six month anniversary of the abductions. Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria.
Keys, who is pregnant, said in an interview that she felt touched to take action because she is a mother. Her son, Egypt, turned 4 on Tuesday. “Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that’s going on,” the 33-year-old said as others chanted behind her.
Please let’s keep this cause top of mind.