Students from the city of Leicester college have added their voice to the growing international campaign to bring the world’s attention to the plight of over 250 school girls kidnapped by militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria.
According to the Leicester Mercury, the students Radiak Chudasama (14), Mira Modhvadia (13) and Muskan Bains (13) launched a campaign to raise awareness for the missing girls after hearing about it in the news saying they were very ‘shocked’ to hear about the abduction.
In a show of solidarity that has been mirrored across the world from the US first lady Michelle Obama to Pakistani School girl Malala Yousefzai, Radiak Chudasama told the paper, “We began to do some research and the students of the City of Leicester College chose to become the voice of the kidnapped girls and decided to take action supporting the #Bringbackourgirls campaign.”
“We then started to raise awareness. With help from our religious studies teacher, Anna Kastoryano, we began to raise awareness in our college and the community by handing out leaflets. We’d like everybody who reads this to join with us as one community to bring hope to the families of the girls.”
“We want to raise awareness of this issue and put pressure on the Nigerian governments and others to take action.”
Fellow campaigner Mira Modhvadia said: “I feel passionate about equality and that’s something these girls don’t have.
“Education is for everyone, not just boys. It’s made me realise how lucky I am to be free to go to school and get an education. I know I shouldn’t take it for granted.
“Only a few more signatures are needed to reach the target. By telling others about this and making sure everyone signs this petition we hope to ensure that the girls are returned safely.”
The petition on Change.org started by a user called IFy E. has now gathered up to 997, 525 signatures, just 2, 475 shy of a million.
It’s really amazing to see girls thousands of miles away from Nigeria identifying with the cause of the girls who were snatched away from their boarding school because they wanted an education.
The world is still hoping and praying that they’ll be released back to their family and loved ones alive and in good health.
To sign the petition, please log on to the change.org website.
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