#BringBackOurGirls – Los Angeles

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What You Need to Know

  • 276 Nigerian girls were kidnapped April 14 and reportedly married off for $12.43 in U.S. Dollars
  • The U.S. Government hasn’t really said much or done anything about it
  • When a white girl goes missing in America, it’s breaking news
  • Los Angeles and the Inglewood are home to some of the largest numbers of Nigerians living in America
  • Angelenos will gather on the corner of Crenshaw and King in South L.A. to call attention to what’s going on in Nigeria
  • Monday, May 5 @ 6 p.m. it’s going down

When Nigeria does or says anything considered remotely homophobic the world reacts. Americans, particularly white gay Americans, get beside themselves and do everything but fly to Nigeria to put a stop to it.

So what’s America’s excuse for the silence on the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian girls by the Boko Haram militia? I mean it’s not like we’re strangers to inserting our viewpoint and will internationally. In fact some might say, we have a responsibility as Americans to help find these girls considering the fact that they there were kidnapped by a radical Islamist group whose primary goal is to create a “pure” Muslim state ruled by Sharia law and to end “Westernization” in the process. The Westernization, yeah, that’d be us.

Consider that in America when one white girl goes missing, it’s breaking news. Here in Los Angeles our news outlets provide around the clock coverage until she’s found. Can you imagine if a rebel group went to a boarding school anywhere in America and kidnapped 276 white girls in one swoop? This country would not know what to do with itself. From CNN to Fox News, there would be non-stop coverage. And unlike that Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared into thin air and seemingly from the news media’s coverage, in this scenario, the media would not let up until those 276 white girls were found.

While America’s focus internationally has been on Russia’s occupation of the Crimea region of the Ukraine with calls to invade Russia, there has been no national call demanding that our government intervene in Nigeria who clearly needs help in negotiating the safe return of the girls.  Seems to me some of that mass surveillance technology we love to use domestically and in secret could actually do some good in Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon right about now in the search for those girls.

Wednesday, the Daily Trust reported that most of the Borno schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity have been ferried abroad to Chad and Cameroon after they were married off to sect members for N2,000 each — the equivalent of $12.43 American dollars.

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan to step up efforts to find the girls, who were kidnapped April 14 from a school in Chibok, in the country’s rural northeast. But that’s not hardly enough.

America has a moral obligation to say and do more, and we have an obligation to push our government to do so, especially in Los Angeles and Inglewood which are home to some of the largest numbers of Nigerians living in America. 

According to accounts, armed members of Boko Haram overwhelmed security guards at the all-girls school in Chibok, pulled the girls out of bed and forced them into trucks. The convoy of trucks then disappeared into the dense forest bordering Cameroon.

On Friday, Nigerian authorities updated the number of girls kidnapped to 276. At least 53 of the girls escaped, leaving 223 in the hands of their captors, police said.

Authorities said that the new figure for missing girls — 223 — could grow as police fill in spotty school enrollment records.

On Monday, May 5, Angelenos will come together in South Los Angeles to lift our voices up and provide pressure to the U.S. government to do more to help ensure the safe return of the 276 girls.

Join us.

On Monday, May 5 at 6pm on the corner of Crenshaw and King Boulevards in front of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall stand in solidarity and show that we care and will not turn a blind eye towards what is happening in Nigeria.

Please wear the color red, and wear your gele if you have one.

Signs will be already made, but if you choose to bring your own, please share these messages on your signs and via your social media networks:

#276
#BringBackOurGirls
276 Girls Abducted
#12Dollars

There will be leaflets available to share with more details.

Parking is free at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.

See you there!

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List of Missing Chibok Schoolgirls 
1 Deborah ​Abge
2. Awa ​Abge
3. Hauwa ​Yirma
4. Asabe ​Manu
5. Mwa ​Malam pogu
6. Patiant ​Dzakwa
7. Saraya ​Mal. Stover
8. Mary ​Dauda
9. Gloria ​Mainta
10. Hanatu ​Ishaku
11. Gloria ​Dama
12. Tabitha ​Pogu
13. Maifa ​Dama
14. Ruth ​Kollo
15. Esther ​Usman
16 Awa ​James
17 Anthonia Yahonna
18 Kume ​Mutah
19 Aisha ​Ezekial
20 Nguba ​Buba
21 Kwanta ​Simon
22 Kummai ​Aboku
23 Esther ​Markus
24 Hana ​Stephen
25. Rifkatu ​Amos
26 Rebecca ​Mallum
27.Blessing ​Abana
28. Ladi ​Wadai
29. Tabitha ​Hyelampa
30 Ruth ​Ngladar
31 Safiya ​Abdu
32 Na’omi ​Yahonna
33 Solomi ​Titus
34 Rhoda ​John
35 Rebecca ​Kabu
36. Christy ​Yahi
37. Rebecca ​Luka
38. Laraba ​John
39 Saratu ​Markus
40. Mary ​Usman
41 Debora ​Yahonna
42.Naomi ​Zakaria
43 Hanatu ​Musa
44. Hauwa ​Tella
45.Juliana ​Yakubu
46. Suzana ​Yakubu
47.Saraya ​Paul
48. Jummai ​Paul
49. Mary ​Sule
50. Jummai ​John
51.Yanke ​Shittima
52. Muli ​Waligam
53. Fatima ​Tabji
54. Eli ​Joseph
55.Saratu ​Emmanuel.
56. Deborah Peter
57.Rahila ​Bitrus
58. Luggwa ​Sanda
59. Kauna ​Lalai
60. Lydia ​Emmar
61.Laraba ​Maman
62.Hauwa ​Isuwa
63. Confort ​Habila
64. Hauwa ​Abdu
65. Hauwa ​Balti
66.Yana ​Joshua
67.Laraba ​Paul
68.Saraya ​Amos.
69. Glory ​Yaga.
70. Na’omi ​Bitrus.
71. Godiya ​Bitrus.
72. Awa ​Bitrus.
73. Na’omi ​Luka.
74. Maryamu Lawan.
75. Tabitha ​Silas.
76. Mary ​Yahona.
77. Ladi ​Joel.
78. Rejoice ​Sanki.
79. Luggwa ​Samuel.
80.Comfort ​Amos.
81. Saraya ​Samuel.
82. Sicker ​Abdul.
83.Talata ​Daniel.
84. Rejoice ​Musa.
85Deborah ​Abari.
86. Salomi ​Pogu.
87.Mary ​Amor.
88. Ruth ​Joshua.
89Esther ​John.
90. Esther ​Ayuba.
91. Maryamu Yakubu.
91. Zara ​Ishaku.
93. Maryamu Wavi
94. Lydia ​Habila.
95. Laraba ​Yahonna.
96. Na’omi ​Bitrus.
97.Rahila ​Yahanna.
98. Ruth ​Lawan.
99. Ladi ​Paul.
100 Mary ​Paul.
101. Esther ​Joshua.
102. Helen ​Musa.
103. Margret Watsai.
104. Deborah Jafaru.
105. Filo ​Dauda.
106. Febi ​Haruna.
107.Ruth ​Ishaku.
108.Racheal Nkeki.
109. Rifkatu Soloman.
110.Mairama yahaya.
111.Saratu ​Dauda.
112.Jinkai ​Yama.
113.Margret Shettima.
114.Yana ​yidau.
115. Grace ​Paul.
116. Amina ​Ali.
117. Palmata Musa
118. Awagana Musa
119. Pindar ​Nuhu
120.Yana ​Pogu.
121. Saraya ​Musa
122. Hauwa ​Joseph.
123. Hauwa ​kwakwi.
125. Hauwa ​Musa.
126. Maryamu Musa.
127. Maimuna Usman.
128. Rebeca Joseph.
129.Liyatu ​Habitu.
130. Rifkatu Yakubu.
131. Naomi ​Philimon.
132.Deborah Abbas.
133. Ladi ​Ibrahim.
134. Asabe ​Ali
135. Maryamu Bulama.
136.Ruth ​Amos.
137.Mary ​Ali
138. Abigail Bukar
139 Deborah Amos
140. Saraya ​Yanga
141. Kauna ​Luka
142. Christiana Bitrus
143.Yana ​Bukar
144. Hauwa ​peter
145.Hadiza ​Yakubu.
146.Lydia ​Simon
147. Ruth ​Bitrus .
148.Mary ​Yakubu
149.Lugwa ​Mutah.
150 Muwa ​Daniel.
151 Hanatu ​Nuhu
152. Monica Enoch
153. Margret Yama
154. Docas ​Yakubu
155. Rhoda ​Peter
156. Rifkatu Galang
157. Saratu ​Ayuba
158. Naomi ​Adamu
159. Hauwa ​Ishaya
160. Rahap ​Ibrahim
162. Deborah Soloman
163 Hauwa ​Mutah
164. Hauwa ​Takai
165. Serah ​Samuel

Muslim Girls
166. Aishatu Musa
167. Aishatu Grema
168. Hauwa ​Nkeki
169. Hamsatu Abubakar
170.Mairama Abubakar
171 Hauwa ​Wule
172. Ihyi ​Abdu
173. Hasana Adamu
174. Rakiya ​Kwamtah
175 Halima ​Gamba
176. Aisha ​Lawan
177. Kabu ​Malla
178. Yayi ​Abana
179. Falta ​Lawan
180. Kwadugu Manu

The Court of Public Opinion