On the night of 14 April 2014, more than 200 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.

The kidnappings were claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist organisation based in northeast Nigeria.

Social media has played a pivotal role in forcing the issue onto the agenda of our world leaders. Hundreds of thousands of people have posted images of themselves holding pieces of paper with the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag written on it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 2014 LLM/MPhil (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa) class has added their voice to the #BringBackOurGirls campaign by producing a Pan-African video in support of the girls, their parents, families and the Nigerian people.

The message of #BringBackOurGirls are displayed in the following 7 languages :

  • Bring back our girls (English)
  • Dawo mana da yayan mu (Hausa)
  • Rendez nos filles (French)
  • Rudisha Wasichana wetu (Swahili)
  • رجعولنا بناتنا(Arabic)
  • Buyisani iintombi zethu (Xhosa)
  • Bring ons meisies terug (Afrikaans) 

Further reading

#BringBackOurGirls: A joint op-ed on the abduction of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria
A joint op-ed by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund


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