May 1st, 2014
09:24 PM ET

#BringBackOurGirls: Nigerians protest, demand government take action

About 200 girls are still missing in Nigeria amid reports that they are being sold as child brides for $12 dollars a piece.

Nigerians demand government do more to bring home kidnapped girls

They were were kidnapped 16 days ago by al-Qaeda-linked Boko Haram, one of the most brutal terrorist groups in the world.

The girls' parents are devastated and beyond frustrated.

Nigerians took to the streets Thursday to demand the government do more to rescue the girls. And many of those protests have been spurred by social media - many using the Twitter hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to spread the word. At one point Thursday, the hashtag was used at a rate of nearly 20,000 tweets per hour.

CNN's Vladimir Duthiers is in Lagos, Nigeria with the latest.

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Filed under: International • News • Nigeria abducted girls
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  1. lwriker

    Aside from the extreme differences in penalties and methods, what is the real difference in ideology of Boko Haram and the GOP's right-wing conservatives towards women's rights job equality? Yes, I am comparing Terri Lynn Land with Abukbaker Shekau. Both believe the man is the head of women, women do not deserve equal pay, women must support their man to be more prosperous.

    May 6, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  2. Mauquatakon

    Since this story has finally come out on CNN, why will the pentagon wait for the Nigerian Govt. to invite them for help, did they wait for Syria,Ukraine, Malaysians and the rest of other countries asked for American help before they intervene? we are talking about Human lives, little girls who need to return to their parents yet the Pentagon is waiting for the Nigerian weak and corrupt leaders who don't even care if the girls return or not. There is no excuse whatsoever the US government Must rise to help the helpless in Nigeria.

    May 2, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  3. Rajni

    I wonder Why Erin Burnet covered this topic only after it was on fire on social media? This is irresponsible journalism! When the girls were kidnapped, Erin was still reporting Malaysian airlines debris for 30 minutes..disgusting media!

    May 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  4. Joey at Purdue Univ

    This is very upsetting. Who'd wanna raise kids in a world where your kids could be pulled out of school, convoyed to another country, and sold for $12? It's like all of the horrible feelings underlying that Taken movie, but on a massive scale. What's worst is that nobody who could do anything about it will, most likely.

    May 2, 2014 at 9:39 am | Reply

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