The campaign #BringBackOurGirls is in an effort to rescue more than 200 high school girls that were kidnapped in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Anne Hathaway isn’t the only high-profile celebrity to lend a helping hand in hopes of rescuing the girls. Other celebrities, including Amy Poehler, Rachel Ray, Leona Lewis, and first lady Michelle Obama, all posed with photos with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls in order to raise awareness of the recent Nigerian kidnappings.
According to reports, 200 Boko Haram fighters raided the Chibok school as they took girls out of bed after a firefight with security forces within the town. Although the Nigerian government has claimed that it responded with troops, helicopters, and airplanes immediately after, Amnesty International is accusing Nigerian commanders of being warned four hours before the attacks happened. Major General Chris Olukolade denies that they received word and instead obtained information of an ongoing attack on Chibok from troops who were on patrol.
Heading to the streets of Los Angeles, Anne Hathaway with a megaphone in hand addressed the rallying group and cars waiting in traffic.
“These Nigerian girls are part of the five percent of girls that are able to seek an education. They were taken from their beds in the middle of the night by cowards. Cowards that will tell them that girls do not deserve an education. Do we agree with these cowards?”
Cars responded with honking horns as people outside gave an impassioned “no.”
Actress Angelina Jolie spoke out during a French news channel i-Tele on Wednesday. In a statement she said:
“I’m absolutely sickened by it. And the thought of them out there right now, terrified and being abused, and sold … it’s infuriating, and it kind of goes beyond understanding that somebody could do this.”
Other celebrities took to Twitter to respond to the kidnappings:
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 8, 2014
#BringBackOurGirls Fear of education 4 girls in any country condemns the future of that country. WHY HURT YOUR OWN FUTURE#BringBackOurGirls
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) May 6, 2014
— Jessica Biel (@JessicaBiel) May 6, 2014