It shocked the world when in April when Boko Haram militants kidnapped 219 Nigerian schoolgirls.
Six months later their story is in danger of being forgotten, so to mark the half-year anniversary of the incident, Alicia Keys organized a protest in front of the Nigerian consulate in New York on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old singer held a rally along with 30 women and raised awareness by holding several signs that read ‘We Are Here To Bring Back Our Girls Now.’
Alicia and her band of protesters chanted, “When do we want them? Now! Now! Alive!” Outside the consulate doors during the crowded lunch hour.
She was dressed in a black and white pullover, denim jeans and sported a black head wrap on her head as she stood front and center of the movement.
The pregnant star, who coincidentally was celebrating her son’s fourth birthday, was also joined by her producer husband Swizz Beatz.
‘Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted fo six months and are still missing,’ she said.
‘It is just outrageous that that’s going on,’ continued the mother-of-one. ‘Some people have even told me they’ve heard things about ‘there’s been progress,’ but there hasn’t been progress because the girls aren’t back.’
Adding: ‘So I think that we get mixed information. We don’t know, so we just have to keep being made aware of what’s happening.’
The 15-time Grammy Award winner also took to her Twitter and Instagram pages to publicize the protest.
Along with the photo of the banner she used during the demonstration, she wrote on Instagram: ‘On my lil guys birthday I stand with the mothers of Chibok!!
‘We can’t ignore 6 months of this tragedy!! What if it was you or me? I want to remind you that in this darkness, your voice matters! Let’s do something about this.’
Also on Twitter, she shared a link to an online petition urging 2,000 of her followers to sign the document to bring back the schoolgirls.
Alicia even penned a song titled We Are Here as an anthem for social justice.
The ballad, off her upcoming sixth studio album, shares the same name as a movement she launched in late September dedicated to supporting issues affecting women and children around the world.
She announced the We Are Here movement when she spoke at the UN Foundation’s Social Good Summit where she pledged $1m to the cause.