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

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WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
Why can’t a woman be a man? And why can’t a man be a woman?  
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Cheyann Washington_ connections / humanities   Is it okay?  
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  They came looking for us with an army of guns. My heart filled with so much fear that it was about bust.
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Oh little girl so fragile  Her word filled of abuse and denial She watched the cars afraid for his arrival 
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Right but I'm the false poet...   I only seem false because you don't know what true art is,
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