#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.
Make me time and I will make it dine, Lend me your life to add to my dive, Rolling stones ate often not drones,
1 week 5 days ago
she cuts herself even though we see a smile shes still sad she claims she wants to die
1 month 19 hours ago
i was alone one night in my room when suddenly i heard a voice outside i left my house to check it out
1 month 19 hours ago
Haters dont have nothing on me they just trying to destroy me. I'm on to u and u on to me but what can we say.
1 month 3 days ago
So what i'm not perfect I don't have the neatest hair
1 month 4 weeks ago