Michelle Obama Joins Social Media Campaign to Rescue Nigerian Girls

The first lady tweets her support for the still-missing girls.

Posted: 05/08/2014 10:32 AM EDT

First Lady Michelle Obama has joined the global call for the return of the 276 Nigerian girls still missing after being abducted by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The group's leader has threatened to sell them off into slavery.

Obama posted on Twitter late Wednesday a photograph of herself in the White House holding a sign with the message #BringBackOurGirls. In the accompanying message, she wrote, "Our prayers are with the missing Nigerian girls and their families. It's time to bring back our girls." The message is signed "-mo," to signal that she sent it herself.

Although there has been some debate over who created it, the hashtag Bring Back Our Girls has so far been tweeted more than one million times.

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(Photo: Courtesy The White House)

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