U.S. Coming to Aid of Kidnapped Girls in Nigeria -- Will It Help?

Bring back our girlsIf your daughter was kidnapped, wouldn't you want the world to take notice, become enraged, and do anything and everything to help get her back? Of course you would.

This is the situation that the parents of 276 girls who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria are in. Their daughters were taken by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. “I abducted your girls,” Abubakar Shekau, the group's leader said in the video. “I will sell them in the market.” But even with knowing who took the girls, the Nigerian government still has not been able to rescue them. And it's been over THREE WEEKS. The students were taken back in mid-April. Yet more girls were reportedly abducted today.

The situation has gotten international coverage, and people all over the globe are outraged, so much so that the United States government is now becoming involved in their recovery.

The Obama administration is hoping to send a team of military, law enforcement, and hostage negotiators to Nigeria to try to assist in getting the girls back from Boko Haram.

The State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that the team “could provide expertise on intelligence, investigations, and hostage negotiations, help facilitate information sharing, and provide victim assistance. It would include U.S. military personnel, law enforcement officials with expertise in investigations, and hostage negotiations, as well as officials with expertise in other areas that may be helpful to the Nigerian government in its response.”

So why is the United States getting involved in such a regional issue? Because we, as a country, are generally compassionate and caring. It's been stunningly apparent that the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan could use some help. It's been over THREE WEEKS that these girls have been held captive. THREE WEEKS! We are all a part of this global village, and when people, especially the young, are in trouble, we as an international brother and sisterhood should help when we can. We can't solve all the world's problems, and we shouldn't try, but there are some instances when our intervention can certainly help.

The case of the abducted girls has become high profile, not just being featured on the nightly news and in countless online articles, but celebrities such as Queen Latifah, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Mia Farrow, Minnie Driver, Dulé Hill, Joshua Malina, Virginia Madsen, Alyssa Milano, Taraji P. Henson, Eliza Dushku, Martha Plimpton, Jennifer Beals, and Judd Apatow are lending their support for the girls by signing an online petition and by sending out tweets with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

We, as a global culture, have such disdain for the abuse of the innocent, and it is our duty as citizens of the world to stop evil when possible. Even though these girls are far, far away, our hearts hurt for them and their families. If you want to get involved, you can visit Girls Rising for their "Nigeria Action Pack."

Do you think the United States should get involved or do you think we should just stay out of it?

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