May 8th, 2014
06:11 PM ET

#BringBackOurGirls goes global

People around the world are horrified and outraged as the terror group Boko Haram threatens to sell hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls into slavery. The Nigerian government's response has been almost entirely ineffective. There is still no sign of the girls and this week Boko Haram launched a new attack in a remote area of Nigeria, where more than 300 people were killed.

As for the missing girls, the militants took them at gunpoint from their school in northern Nigeria on April 14. As time passes, the situation gets more desperate. This has triggered a global call for action, as people voice their anger and frustration with the demand #BringBackOurGirls. What started as a hashtag on social media quickly turned into a worldwide rallying cry.

You can watch the spread of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag across Twitter since the girls vanished:


Some of the most famous and powerful figures on social media are adding their voices to the cause:

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