Imagine sending your child to school. You remind her to lock the doors. You remind her to come directly home after school. You tell her to be safe and have a great day. This is a normal day. You don’t think your morning good tidings might be your last. Imagine getting a call that your child has been ABDUCTED along with 233 other young girls by men. Imagine your horror.
Open your eyes. This is going on today and it’s happening right now to young girls in Nigeria. A group of students between the ages of 16 and 18 were taken from school by soldiers and stories are breaking today that they have been sold as BRIDES for young soldiers. This is horrifying and what is most scary it’s not getting attention. No media outlets are covering this story of girls that look like you and me. Can you imagine the fear? Can you imagine?
I was shocked when I learned of this story so let me catch you up:
The abduction happened on April 14, 2014. These girls have been gone for 16 long days.
Last week officials believe Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist group, kidnapped the girls from their school in Chibok. After being stolen from their school, the girls were dragged into the Sambisa Forrest where nearly 30 escaped. The rest haven’t been heard from since the attack, and the media’s silence about their plight is heartbreaking.
In addition to the media’s silence on the plight of the girls; the Nigerian government is slow to react. On the same day the girls were abducted, Boko Haram detonated a bomb in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, killing more than 70 and injuring many others. Soon after, President Goodluck Jonathan was on the scene, but the same swift response hasn’t happened for the girls.
It took eight days for the Borno state governor to visit Chibok, and yesterday, 10 days after the kidnapping, President Johnathan held a meeting with military officials to discuss how best to retrieve the girls.
The abducted girls’ family members have gotten so desperate to find their daughters that many have pooled their money together to purchase fuel for cars and motorcycles and have trekked into the forests attempting to find their missing children.
Fed up by the lack of effort in saving the girls, Twitter users from all over the globe are again using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to pressure the Nigerian government to act.
It is now being rumored that the girls were abducted to be wives for the militia. God please help those young girls. If you are reading this message please share this information. It’s unbelievable society is ignoring the plight of defenseless young girls who look like you and me.
A change.org petition has been created to raise awareness about the abducted girls. Read it here.
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