It’s been nearly a month since hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and now celebrities are using their star power to help raise awareness of these women’s plight – and, hopefully, to help get them back home.
With the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, notable figures such as Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, and Jessica Biel are using social media to spread the word and offer support for the girls and their families.
“Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls,” the first lady posted on Instagram.
“Shout! Participate! Show that you care! #BringBackOurGirls” Amy Poehler wrote on the photo-sharing site.
“Everyone help and raise awareness #regram #repost or make your own! Let’s @bringbackourgirls #bringbackourgirls,” posted Cara Delevingne.
Alicia Keys posted this call to action: “I’m so saddened and enraged that these girls are not back where they belong! Safe at home and at school! Safe with their families! Safe to become the incredible leaders and powerful voices they are yet to be. I’ve already signed the petitions … chn.ge/1iDjLsI & wh.gov/lf1ke ….have you? #bringbackourgirls”
“Heartbreaking! Let’s all raise awareness! #BringBackOurGirls” Kim Kardashian captioned this image.
Other celebs used Twitter to get out the message:
I’ve never wished I was actually NIKITA- till these girls went missing in Nigeria. So frustrating and heartbroken #BringBackOurGirls
— Maggie Q (@MaggieQ) May 7, 2014
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 8, 2014
— Jessica Biel (@JessicaBiel) May 6, 2014
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 8, 2014
Thank you FLOTUS for joining #BringBackOurGirls and may this be the beginning of end of terror in Nigeria.
— rachael ray (@rachaelray) May 8, 2014
#BringBackOurGirls Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) May 6, 2014
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 7, 2014
Empowering our youth through education is the TRUE key to hope-let’s use our voices,innovation&collective power to #BringBackOurGirls NOW!!!
— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) May 7, 2014
— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) May 7, 2014
A serious search for Nigeria’s stolen girls has taken WAY too long #BringBackOurGirls
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 5, 2014
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) May 7, 2014
— Christina Aguilera (@xtina) May 8, 2014
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 8, 2014
Earlier this week, the United States committed to aiding the Nigerian government in finding the 276 schoolgirls reportedly still held by the extremist group, which threatened to sell the young girls as brides for as little as $12.