The First Lady posted to Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday a photo of her holding a white sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls written in black marker.
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2014
On Twitter, she signed it “-mo,” which means it was approved by FLOTUS herself.
The photo comes one day after President Obama said the U.S. was sending a team to Nigeria to assist in finding the missing girls, who were reportedly kidnapped by members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. (Its name means “Western education is forbidden.”)
The hashtag has been tweeted more than 1 million times as of Wednesday, with celebrities and politicians adding their voices to the global campaign, and is one of Facebook’s top trending topics.
Ify Elueze, a young Nigerian girl who started a Change.org petition that surpassed 250,000 signatures on Wednesday, told Mashable on Monday that she couldn’t imagine what the Nigerian girls were going through.
“I know the families because I can see their pain, their anguish, and I feel for them and I feel like I am one of them,” said Elueze.
“That is the same feeling as everyone who has cried out to make the voices of these girls heard — on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram — and all the other platforms that people have been using to express their concern and solidarity for their families,” she said.
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