On April 16, while preparing to take their physics final exams, over 200 girls were abducted in Northeast Nigeria, an area that has become synonymous with strife and violence by Boko Haram. While a small number managed to escape, around 234 girls are still missing.
As a Nigerian, a sister, a human being, I can’t even begin to understand the pain that these families and communities are going through. The Nigerian government has been known for failure for as long as I can remember, and this doesn’t seem to be an area where they have improved. Recently in the media, all I’ve heard about is the NBA and Donald Sterling, along with the missing plane in Malaysia, and yet this has remained silent. I’m not going to bring race into this, because it’s not about that, it’s about restoring what has been taken.
As a global community it’s time to demand that something be done. Whether it is hashtagging #bringbackourgirls, or sharing articles, signing petitions to draw attention. Do it.
I want you to imagine how you would feel if a loved one had been taken and no one seemed to care. Every time I see a picture of the mothers and fathers who are feeling this pain, I am filled with anger and sadness. This is not what they wanted for their children, and every child has the right to get an education without feeling fear.
Nigeria it’s your time to show that you care, demand that this useless government of ours does something to change it. Regardless of what part of the world you are in, these are innocent girls being used as pawns in a game that they don’t belong in.
Bring Back Those Girls now!