EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – Students from a local high school take part in a social media campaign aimed at growing awareness of the kidnapped school girls in Nigeria.
The campaign started just over two weeks ago and has gained international attention. Public figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator Charles Schumer and hundreds of celebrities have participated.
Tech Valley High School students tweeted a #bringbackourgirls photo Friday to call for the release of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls.
“To have not only education taken away, but to be kidnapped while you’re at school is particularly an issue that hits close to home for them,” Principal Dan Liebert said.
Vincent Uba is the president of the Association of Nigerians in the Capital Region. He said this horror has agitated Nigeria for years.
“Boko Haram have done so many horrible things,” he said. “You know, the anger and the frustration we’ve felt – the world is coming to feel it at last.”
He said terrorism has become a global disease and calls the crime “abhorrent.” But he said the global support through social media inspires hope.
“It’s one of the greater things about America that people can rise up when children are suffering in other parts of the world,” he said.
Uba believes the campaign will be effective.
“Right now they’re hiding because the world is watching,” he said.