Bring Back Our Girls: Alicia Keys Leads NYC Protest for Abducted Nigerian Girls

October 15, 2014  |  

It has been six months since over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram militants and songstress Alicia Keys is making sure that we don’t forget about their fate. In April, marches were held across New York City to bring awareness to the kidnapping and plea for help. Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai posted their concern with the viral hasthtag of the moment #BringBackOurGirls.

We reported on the terrifying incident within the firsts few weeks of the alleged search, but since very little progress has been made.

From the Huffington Post:

Alicia Keys held a protest in New York City on Tuesday to raise awareness about the 200-plus Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April.

… Keys kicked off a protest with 30 others at the consulate general of Nigeria, holding signs that read “We Are Here” and “Safe Schools Now!”

They chanted “Bring back our girls” and “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!” as New Yorkers walked up the street during lunch hour, while others stopped to capture photos and video.

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.

Keys recently launched the movement “We Are Here,” which fights for social justice. She also recorded and released a song with the same name.

So far, Aljazeera reports that 57 girls have escaped but an estimated 219 remain in captivity. Ajazeera spoke with an uncle of two of the missing girls as he shared his frustration.

“As far as our girls are concerned, they have been abandoned,” said Mkeki Mutah, an uncle of  17-year-old Saratu and 18-year-old Elizabeth.

“There is a saying: ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Leaders from around the world came out and said they would assist to bring the girls back, but now we hear nothing. The question I wish to raise is: why?” Mutah told Al Jazeera.

In Nigeria, campaigners are still meeting  daily and have organized a Global Week of Action from October 11-18 to bring the attention and aide back to the 219 missing girls. On Tuesday, protestors marched to the home of President Goodluck Jonathan in the Nigerian capital where they were met with over 100 police guards.

Rueters stated President Jonathan sent the minister for lands and housing, Akon Eyakenyi, to meet the protesters, who were chanting “Bring back our girls now, and alive!”

“The president will do something …. by the grace of God the girls will be brought back home,” Eyakenyi said.

 

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