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"Bring Back Our Girls!"

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WATCH LIVE: Nigeria kidnapped girls 'shown' in new Boko Haram video A new video released by Islamist militants Boko Haram claims to show around 130 girls kidnapped from a school in Nigeria last month. The group's leader, Abub ...
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From the droned villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan--
Bring back our girls!
From Nigeria, and the brothels of the Philippines--
Bring back our girls!

From the ruined cities of Detroit and Newark
And the ravished American Dream--
Bring back our girls!

From "Disaster Capitalism" and twerking jerks--
Bring back our girls!

From the "Occupied Territories" of Palestine,
And from Israeli Porn Kings--
Bring back our girls!

From the "royal" slave-holders of Arabia,
And the crapulous monarchs of Britain--
Bring back our girls!

From our culture of destitution and prostitution--
Bring back our girls!

From "entrepreneurs" and exploiters
Of sex and violence, and from those who confound and abuse--
Bring back our girls!
Restore them to their birthright dignity:
Co-creators; mothers; sisters; daughters; friends.
Bring back our girls
From the wars that have butchered them--
(Restore them!);

From the silence that has answered their prayers--

(Answer now).

From the callous hypocrisy

Of scoffed-at dreams and snuffed-out hopes--

Bring back our girls!

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