By now we know the story: On April 14th of this year, nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, a region of northeastern Nigeria by a group of Islamic militants named Boko Haram. The girls were in the midst of taking their final exams at the school. The group claims that they have sold the girls as slaves or young brides in response to their views against Westernized culture and politics and education of women. The sensationalist headlines and theories make for a social media behemoth, with an evil crime and easy-to-hate criminals. So much so that First Lady Michelle Obama has gotten in to release this tweet, with the now trendy handle #BringBackOurGirls:
I am saddened by the events happened in Nigeria. I am a mother, and I honor education. I applaud the worldwide attention to this deplorable event. But for some reason, this current Twitter crusade somehow cheapens the seriousness of what has happened here. I hope that the girls are found sooner than later, and furthermore, I hope that this issue becomes more than just the latest trending hashtag.