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Michelle Obama joins campaign over kidnapped Nigeria girls

‘Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families,’ says the U.S. first lady

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The U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama, on Thursday sought to raise awareness of Nigerian militant group Boko Haram’s seizure of more than 200 schoolgirls by tweeting out a message on social media.

Mrs. Obama tweeted: “Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It’s time to #BringBackOurGirls.”

#BringBackOurGirls is a trending hashtag used as part of a worldwide campaign on the social media platform to raise awareness about the situation.

The hashtag was also picked up the United Nations when the international body tweeted on its official account: “#BringBackOurGirls [U.N. chief] Ban Ki-moon expresses deep concern for abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria.”

In an interview this week, Angelina Jolie also expressed her concern over the issue.

She may have taken to the silver screen to play an evil villainess in the new Disney movie Maleficent, but her humanitarian side shone through when she described the recent kidnap of more extremists as “unthinkable cruelty” in an interview this week.

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