First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted this image and joined the worldwide social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls. The campaign raises awareness and supports the rescue of the more than 270 Nigerian school girls abducted three weeks ago. The girls were captured by the Islamic extremist terrorist group Boko Haram. The group has waged a bloody campaign to destablize the predominately Islamic states of northern Nigeria—killing thousands of civilians and raising entire villages.
The jihadists released a chilling video earlier this week. A man claiming to be the group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, described the kidnapped girls as "slaves" and threatened to "sell them in the market, by Allah."
"Hundreds" of civilians were killed overnight in retaliation for efforts to find the captives, reports CBS.
The United States, France, Great Britain and China are lending "law enforcement experts, military advisers ... satellites, advanced tracking capabilities [and] intelligence" assets, reports CNN. "Nigerian police also announced a reward of about $310,000 for information leading to the girls' rescue."
The Nigerian government and military have failed to find the missing girls. Nigeria State Security agents did manage two well-publicized arrests on Sunday in the capital city of Abuja: The two women who lead a protest march that was critical of the government's response. The two women were arrested after meeting with First Lady Patience Jonathan, reports Human Rights Watch. Priorities, priorities ...