Teachers & Students Support Kidnapped Girls

May 22, 2014

The Bermuda Union of Teachers [BUT], along with the Caribbean Union of Teachers, encouraged all of their members to join in the worldwide social media effort to bring attention to the plight of Nigeria’s missing girls.

In response to that call, both teachers and students wore red to school on Friday, May 16 in order to serve as a reminder of the still-missing girls, along with the need for equality for women around the world.

The campaign aims to support the return of the girls, who were kidnapped from a school in Nigeria during the predawn hours of April 15, 2014 by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

AFP News footage of showing video released by Boko Haram:

While the Nigerian government has attempted to work towards a solution, little progress has been made, leaving a combined international effort to search for the girls – so far to no avail.

In a call to action, a spokesperson said, “Please take a picture of yourself or your class holding a sign displaying #BringBackOurGirls and send it to the BUT office or post it to our Facebook page. Examples of other groups and individuals supporting the ongoing social media campaign can be seen on a website set up by Amnesty International.”

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  1. This is a marvelous thing that the union teachers and students have done, we can not afford to sit by and do nothing as this is not the first time,that the African nations have been subject to such bigotry and hatred from Muslim extremest.

    Thankfully the western hemisphere has decided to show their support on a issue that they have long overlooked,hopefully this time we can erreticate this nonsense altogether.

    Our prayers go out for the safe return of all these young girls and that they be reunited with their loved ones without being harmed any further.

  2. Truth be Told #hashtag says:

    #hastagswillnotbringbackourgirls #highlytrainedoperatorswill #stoplazyinternetactivisim #youarenotmakingadifference #warriorsare


  3. Yes I says:

    Great to see the community effort. Even though this will not be the significant action needed to bring the girls back it rally’s support and shows the humanity needed to spread during times like this.

  4. From the US ... says:

    Ellison and Carson are the only Muslim members of Congress, and they condemned the actions that Boko Haram have taken in the name of Islam in an open letter

    In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful –

    May 20, 2014
    Abubakar Shekau:

    We urge you to immediately release the young children you have unconscionably taken. Your actions have shocked Muslims across the world and have disrespected Islam and the teachings of the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).

    Your justification for stealing these children – that education for girls goes against Islam – has no basis whatsoever in our faith. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) wisely emphasized that every Muslim man and woman has a duty to seek education. You have truly strayed from Islam when your actions betray its first command: “Iqra!”

    You do not represent Islam or what Muslims know to be the teachings of Islam. Your attempt to transform a central tenet of Islam into a vile lie used to kill and maim innocent Nigerians of all faiths is transparent. You treat children like cattle. It is abhorrent and sinful to pretend to be a Prophet to whom Allah has spoken.

    A faithful reading of the teachings of Islam compels you to immediately return these children to their families. The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) instructs us to set an example of justice and mercy. In Surat Fussilat, Ayah 34, we are told that “the good deed and the evil deed are not alike,” and we are instructed to “repel the evil deed with one that is better.”

    If you would like to follow the teachings of Islam, listen to the global chorus of voices that are enjoining you to do what is right: return these children to their families and replace the evil in your heart with peace and learning.


    Keith Ellison
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Minneapolis, MN

    André Carson
    U.S. House of Representatives
    Indianapolis, IN

    Nihad Awad
    Council on American-Islamic Relations
    Washington, DC