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More Than 60 Kidnapped Girls Escaped Their Boko Haram Captors

Jul 7 2014 - 9:35am

On Friday, 63 kidnapped women and girls escaped [1] from Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that abducted them from their village on June 18. The hostages seized the opportunity to escape when the captors left to launch an attack in Damboa, Nigeria, and news of their escape slowly spread throughout the weekend. Back in April, Boko Haram made headlines when the group kidnapped over 200 girls in Nigeria, releasing a 27-minute-long video [2] showing dozens of the kidnapped girls. The girls were taped wearing hijabs and singing, and the video also shows Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, saying that the girls have converted to Islam and that he will release the girls if the Nigerian government releases imprisoned Boko Haram around the country.

In the days following the video's release, Michelle Obama brought big attention to the #BringBackOurGirls movement when she joined the social media campaign on Instagram. "Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to #BringBackOurGirls," she wrote. Stars like Anne Hathaway [3] also helped to spread the word. The Oscar winner took to the streets in LA with signs. The hashtag #RealMenDontBuyGirls was trending [4] for days, with celebrities like Justin Timberlake [5] and Ashton Kutcher [6] endorsing the movement in pictures. Here are the details you might be curious about.

Source: Instagram user Michelle Obama [12]

Below, see how recognizable faces are getting involved.

Source: Instagram user michelleobama [13]

Anne Hathaway [14] showed passion for the cause.

Anne Hathaway [15] and her husband, Adam Shulman, participated in a Bring Back Our Girls rally after the April abduction.

Girls' education advocate Malala Yousafzai spread the message as well.

Source: Instagram user malalafund [16]

Actress Salma Hayek [17] showed her support for the movement during the Cannes Film Festival on May 17.

Celebrities like supermodel Cara Delevingne also shared on their socials.

Source: Instagram user caradelevingne [18]

Rachel Zoe [19] spread the message to her followers.

Source: Instagram user rachelzoe [20]

During the Cannes Film Festival in May, Antonio Banderas [21] showed his support.

As did Christy Turlington.

Source: Instagram user cturlington [22]

A Nigerian fan held up a banner during the country's World Cup game against Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 21.

The cast of The Expendables held up signs during the Cannes Film Festival on May 18.

People showed their support for the kidnapped girls in Kenya.

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