By Arturo R. García
A protest calling for the location and rescue of more than 200 abducted Nigerian girls is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. local time at the Nigerian embassy in Washington D.C. as part of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, CNN reported.
An estimated 234 girls, most of them between 16 and 18 years of age, are believed to still be captives of the Boko Hiram radical religious group after being taken from their school in the town of Chibok. The attack has already been condemned by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Daily Kos reported that a group of senators has introduced a resolution doing the same.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan promised his administration was working to free the girls, but also criticized their families for allegedly not helping their investigation.
“What we request is maximum cooperation from the guardians and the parents of these girls,” Jonathan was quoted as saying. “Because up to this time, they have not been able to come clearly, to give the police clear identity of the girls that have yet to return.”
Meanwhile, the #BringBackOurGirls tag has emerged as a tool through which the story has been forced into the public consciousness.
“For Nigerians on social media, this became an important way to connect, not just with other Nigerians in the U.S. and around the world, but also to get the word out about what was really happening with the kidnapping of the girls,” University of Pennsylvania religious studies and Africana studies professor Anthea Butler told CNN.