Wakatipu High School pupils recently joined 35 schools around
New Zealand to raise awareness, through a red ribbon day, of
the plight of more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by
militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
The idea began on social networking sites and gained support
from high school pupils across the country.
Wakatipu High School organiser Hebe Hilhorst said the aim was
to raise awareness about the ''atrocity'' and to make sure
''everyone knows this is not OK''.
''I was overwhelmed by the support everyone showed for these
girls. It clearly resonates with all of us. These students
are our age and have been abducted for daring to experience
something we take for granted - an education.''
The girls were kidnapped from a secondary school in the
northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok on April 14.