#BringBackOurGirls

By now you've surely heard: nearly 300 young women were abducted from their Northern Nigerian high school by members of Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group. From folks on-the-ground in Nigeria to MIchelle Obama, people around the world are responding on social media--and beyond. (Check out our recommended reading below for more information!)

African Voices Respond

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote:

Teju Cole, another Nigerian author (and prolific tweeter) noted the following:

Now it's YOUR turn!

Power Poetry is a space for you to speak to your mind and express your opinions. So let us know: what do YOU think about #BringBackOurGirls? What does the situation mean to you and all of the women in your life? Why is education for girls important? And what would a world where EVERY GIRL had access look like? Is the media frenzy around #BringBackOurGirls fair? And how can we support the girls' families? 

NOTE: As a gentle reminder, at Power Poetry we don't equate Islam with terrorism and we urge you to read one of our favorite poems: Color Me a Terrorist

Resources and Recommended Reading

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Submissions

WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
I am a daughter When I am born I bring Rehma to my parents While growing up I help my mother with house chores
23 hours 1 min ago
Who rules the world? Literally, it is the boys But would you permit me to say that
1 month 3 weeks ago
Who rules the world? Literally, it is the boys But would you permit me to say that
1 month 3 weeks ago
People always say the girls in this generation are so narcissistic 
2 months 2 weeks ago
t1
I think he knows I’m alive, having come down The three steps of the back porch
3 months 2 weeks ago