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From Los Angeles to New York to Africa, demonstrators carried posters reading #BringBackOurGirls — a campaign that began on Twitter following the abduction of the girls earlier last month — and chanted “Bring them home!” “Not for sale!” and “African lives matter!”

Last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to step up efforts to find the girls who were abducted on April 14 from their school. Fifty of the young women are said to have escaped capture, but more than 220 are unaccounted for— and many believe that they are in great danger.

In Washington, protesters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to denounce what they described as a poor response by the Nigerian government to rescue the girls. The mothers of the children have critized the government’s efforts and the lack of media coverage all over the world the last few weeks.

Several Celebrities and important figures including Jamie Foxx, Drake, First Lady Obama and others have showed their support by tweeting photos of them holding up the hashtag “Bring Back our Girls”

It is said that the girls were sold into trafficking or marriage for as low as 12 US Dollars. Several celebrities have pushed the social media movement by tweeting and posting pictures showing their support of those mothers and family members who want their children to come home.

To date, the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has been used more than 400,000 times on twitter and the official Facebook page has over 30,000 likes.

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