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Trending today: #BringBackOurGirls campaign raises awareness for kidnapped Nigerian girls

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Nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria on April 14 and influential people everywhere are using social media to raise awareness.

This issue became an international campaign after LA director and mom of two, Ramaa Mosley, heard a distraught Nigerian mother on the radio crying, "Bring back our girls."

Mosley quickly took to Twitter with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to raise awareness here in the United States. Stars like Emma Watson, P-Diddy, Ellen DeGeneres and even Michelle Obama followed by holding up signs with the hashtag and posting them online.

The Boko Haram terrorist group recently released a video taking responsibility for the mass abduction saying they plan to sell the girls for money. Reports from the region indicate that 43 of the girls were able to escape but 191 are still missing. Now, the Obama administration says it will send help to the region.

Mosley stated that a hashtag is similar to a modern day SOS and the more people that get involved the better.

Want to join the conversation? Tweet or post to Facebook using the  hashtag #BringBackGirlsOurGirls.

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