The activist and noble prize laureate Malala Yousafzai who invariably advocates for human rights and issues has now called for global support to help release more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram, as they marked 300 days as hostages.

“As we mark this tragic 300th day of captivity for hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, I call on people everywhere to join me in demanding urgent action to free these heroic girls,” Malala said.

The 276 teen aged girls were seized as they prepared to sit for their final exams on April 14 last year. The Islamist terror group Boko Haram kidnapped the girls from their dormitories in the middle of the night and loaded them onto the trucks, before setting light to the school building. Out of these 57 managed to escape.

“I will sell them in the market, by Allah. I will sell them off and marry them off. There is a market for selling humans,” said the terrorist in a video to the AFP news agency. No religion teaches this inhumanity.


Malala urges the government in Abuja and the international community to resolve it faster. She said politicians who secure a win should commit to making the Chibok girls’ release, as well as the education of all Nigerian children, a priority in their first 100 days in office.

“Let’s end this horrible saga now. Leaders must make sure the #BringBackOurGirls effort results in a real outcome: the return of the Chibok girls,” she added.

A campaign on Twitter has been launched under the hashtags #BringBackOurGirls, #BringBackOurDaughters and #WhereAreOurDaughters. Join the campaign.

The innocent girls are paying for what? There is a need to protect their rights and steps to be taken to ensure their security. Afterall, every child regardless of gender has the right to get educated and needs a safe environment to nurture.

Let’s get the girls back.