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Michelle Obama joins Nigeria’s #BringBackOurGirls campaign

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-08

US First Lady Michelle Obama has joined worldwide calls for the safe return of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped more than three weeks ago by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, tweeting a message in support of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

The tweet includes a photo of Obama in the White House holding a piece of paper with the campaign slogan. The text reads, “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls”.

Wednesday's message was signed “-mo”, indicating Obama had composed the tweet herself.

More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from their secondary school in the village of Chibok in Nigeria’s Borno state on April 14.

On Monday, a 57-minute video surfaced in which the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and threatened to sell the girls “on the market”.

Since then, the United States, Britain and France have offered Nigeria practical and technical assistance to help recover the missing girls.

Nigerian police have offered a $300,000 reward for any credible information leading to their rescue.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram is believed to have abducted eight more girls on Monday night from Warabe, another village in the same region. A police source said the girls were taken away on trucks, along with looted livestock and food.
 

Date created : 2014-05-08

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