Michelle Obama: ‘It’s Time To Bring Our Girls Back’

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By: Adelle Platon / May 8, 2014

The First Lady has joined in on the global social media campaign against the Islamist extremist group who kidnapped over 300 girls from their school in Nigeria on April 15 and threatened to sell them.

Michelle Obama posted a photo (May 7) on Instagram of her holding a sign that read “#BringOurGirlsBack” with the caption, “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls. -mo.” The message comes one day after her husband, President Barack Obama, said that the U.S. would send a military aid team to Nigeria to help locate the girls.

“In the short term our goal is obviously is to help the international community, and the Nigerian government, as a team to do everything we can to recover these young ladies,” Obama told NBC News.

“But we’re also going to have to deal with the broader problem of organizations like this that … can cause such havoc in people’s day-to-day lives,” he said of the terror group, Boko Haram, which translates to “Western education is forbidden”).

Boko Haram recently unleashed an attack in a Nigerian village possibly targeted against those trying to recover the girls, killing 310 people. Of the 300 girls that were kidnapped, 276 remain in captivity while 53 have escaped.

At the World Economic Form meeting in Abuja, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said of the crisis, “I believe the kidnap of these girls will be the beginning of the end for terror in Nigeria.”