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Michelle Obama, Angelina speak out as Bringbackourgirls goes viral

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Michelle Obama: It's time to Bring Back Our Girls
Michelle Obama: It's time to Bring Back Our Girls
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Michelle Obama tweeted a photo that shows the First Lady holding a sign that says, '#BringBackOurGirls,' in reference to the missing Nigerian schoolgirls, on May 7, 2014.

Image: Twitter/@FLOTUS/Associated Press
Michelle Obama added her voice to the global campaign to bring home the missing Nigerian girls, who were kidnapped from their school on April 15.

The First Lady posted to Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday a photo of her holding a white sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls written in black marker.

On Twitter, she signed it '-mo,' which means it was approved by FLOTUS herself.

The photo comes one day after President Obama said the U.S. was sending a team to Nigeria to assist in finding the missing girls, who were reportedly kidnapped by members of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. (Its name means 'Western education is forbidden.')

The hashtag has been tweeted more than 1 million times as of Wednesday, with celebrities and politicians adding their voices to the global campaign, and is one of Facebook's top trending topics.

Ify Elueze, a young Nigerian girl who started a petition that surpassed 250,000 signatures on Wednesday, told Mashable on Monday that she couldn't imagine what the Nigerian girls were going through.

'I know the families because I can see their pain, their anguish, and I feel for them and I feel like I am one of them,' said Elueze.

'That is the same feeling as everyone who has cried out to make the voices of these girls heard - on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram - and all the other platforms that people have been using to express their concern and solidarity for their families,' she said.

Other stars including Kerry Washington, Angelina Jolie, and many others have joined the bring-back-our-girls call.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS: Kerry Washington. Source: Getty Images

STARS have spoken out against the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram militants, lending their names and faces to #bringbackourgirls.

From presidents to comedians, rap stars to fashionistas it seems the campaign to bring back the Nigerian hostage victims has gathered momentum with help of some high-profile personalities.

HORROR: Hundreds slain in schoolgirl search

SHOCKING: Seven horrific facts about Boko Haram

JOLIE: Nigerian kidnappers are evil, says Angelina

Scroll down to see who else has spoken out about the horrendous situation.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS: Angelina Jolie. Picture: Getty Source: Getty Images

Michelle Obama penned this note herself before posting her support for the Source: Supplied

Michelle Obama penned this note herself before posting her support for the Source: Supplied