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#Bringbackourgirls campaign grows as British special forces join hunt for kidnapped Nigerian girls

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

  • Labour candidate Sophy Gardner

  • Dean of Gloucester the Very Reverend Stephen Lake

  • Caroline Cross

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British special forces have now joined in the international effort to rescue more than 250 girls kidnapped in Nigeria.

Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken with the president of the African country Goodluck Jonathan and has condemned the kidnapping by Islamist militants as 'pure evil'.

He warned the move by al-Qaeda linked group Boko Haram was cause for international action. It has threatened to sell the girls into slavery.

Mr Jonathan has accepted the British offer of help which will work alongside the military and security officials being deployed from America.

It comes as the First Lady Michelle Obama is supporting the large scale social media campaign #Bringbackourgirls condemning the group's actions.

She is one of many people who have posted a pictured of herself with the hashtag message on twitter. This hashtag, which started two weeks ago, has been retweeted more than one million times already.

Citizen editor Jenny Eastwood has also posed with message today and we are asking readers to send in their pictures so we can use them the paper and online and add our voices to the international appeal.

Send in your pic to citizen.news@glosmedia.co.uk or tweet them to @GlosCitizen or upload them to our facebook page.

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 09 2014, 10:02AM

    I've got to agree with you 990smr. The government is already providing assistance, so I really fail to see what holding up a bit of paper with #bringbackourgirls on it will do. I don't think the group involved will think. 'Oh No!! thousands of people are holding pieces of paper.. lets give them back' its yet another pointless populist thing for people to do, to show 'they care' ( Dick Graham was VERY quick to jump on this passing populist bandwagon) Its as bad as those Facebook.. 'Each like will give one prayer to save (insert shameless picture that will tug at your heart strings)' They don't achieve anything.

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  • JemmyWood  |  May 09 2014, 9:57AM

    I've got to agree with you 990

  • 990smr  |  May 09 2014, 8:03AM

    Is holding a piece of paper with #bringbackourgirls really going to help? I don't think so.

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