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#BringBackOurGirls Wields Power, but for Good or Bad? Prof. Mazurana Comments

Al Jazeera America

A Nigerian lawyer with fewer than 1,000 followers on Twitter kickstarted #BringBackOurGirls, the social media campaign urging the safe return of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls. That one tweet has since morphed into a global rallying cry — unifying voices as diverse as the Washington elite, Nigerian activists and a girlfriend-beating celebrity…

…Dyan Mazurana, assistant professor in gender studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, told Al Jazeera that international attention is crucial to keeping the girls alive. Mazurana has worked in Uganda with a group of Aboke girls whose abduction by Joseph Kony's Lord’s Resistance Army has parallels with the Nigerian case. 

“All of this is tied up in broader politics, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t mean to pressure for their release and education,” she said.

“To the extent that these girls are recognizable and the international outcry continues, [it] might make them less likely to be sold on human trafficking markets.” 

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