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Abduction of School Girls in Chibok-Nigeria

The mass abduction and the failure to find the girls three weeks after have sparked national outrage with protests in major cities in Nigeria, and across the world with the campaign #BringBackOurGirls, among others. While women and men are protesting and calling on the release of our dear sisters, and daughters, it saddens my heart when my mind ponders on whether our protests or cries are touching the abductors at all.

For some years now, my country has been facing attacks from this Islamist Terrorist group called Boko Haram. On the 14th of April, the Insurgent at 11:45pm, went to a secondary school where the senior students were writing their final exams and asked them to get into some trucks saying they were here to rescue them and the girls jumped into the trucks without hesitation, but when they took off, some of the girls sensed danger and jumped from the trucks, this was how they escaped. Since then a lot of questions have been rising. Where are our Girls? What exactly do these abductors want? What is the Government doing to rescue them? The leader of the Boko Haram Islamist

Terrorist group yesterday in a video released said he will sell the girls, he went on to say he is following the command of his Allah and that Allah have asked him to abduct girls as spoils of war and marry them of as wives or slaves. His reasons for abducting the girls is that he had earlier warned all girls not to go to school, he said he hates education and that Boko haram is against Western Education, Boko haram is all about forbidding western education. It is quite unfortunate that while we are here trying so hard and finding means and ways to educate and empower women and girls, some groups of barbaric humans are trying to drag us backwards. Can we progress in life without adequate education? Can the world be a better place when we have a lot of uneducated people? Don’t women and girls have the right to be educated? Education is very important for human development and we insist that men, women and children must go to school and be educated. One wonders why the terrorist group is against western education but yet, uses the western technology, if they do not want education, why do they learn how to use the internet to pass across their messages and demands?

Whatever it is these terrorist groups are fighting for, and no matter their grievances, there is no justification for kidnapping teenage school girls, it is inhuman and barbaric.

I join my voice with the voices of the parents of the girls, the World Pulse community and every well-meaning human being out there who is saddened with these ugly incidences to ask Boko Haram to release our girls! Women and girls must not be used for negotiations in times of conflicts. We pray for peace and Unity in Nigeria.

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We do join our voices with yours. All our thoughts, prayers, and hopes for these precious lives. Please do let us know anything that is transpiring in Nigeria that may not make the news. Thank you for sharing your view!

We wait in hope together.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
aka: Cali gal

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hanasazi's picture

Amen, Michelle

Ever since I first heard of this my heart has been full of thoughts of them. And many tearful conversations with friends here about them. Oh, and just as they were writing their finals! It's beyond heartbreaking. Yes, please let us know if you feel there is anything important the news might not cover, we want to be praying with you for those brave girls.

Nabiye Tal's picture

Thank you!

Thank you so much Cali, i really appreciate your kind words. sure, i will keep you posted on what is going on. Thanks.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

I have been following the story since day one, and my Facebook page is full of stories and outrage. I've signed petitions to get the U.S. involved and it is now starting to act. Almost everyone I know is appalled at the delay in trying to find the girls, and every day their chances of being found and returned diminish. Facebook and the internet are awash with petitions and concern. I just hope it's not too late.

Nabiye, I think you bring up a very important point--something that has bothered me since the 911 bombings. These groups such as Al Qaida and Boko Haram that want to take the world back to the Dark Ages seem to think that it is just fine if they themselves are literate, have satellite phones, modern weaponry, internet access, motorized vehicles, access to mass media...the list goes on. They just want to deny it to everyone else, but especially to women and girls. I hardly ever hear anyone pointing out those inconsistencies between ideology and actions--so thank you for doing so.

hanasazi's picture

I'm with you...Facebook, the

I'm with you...Facebook, the petition sites, and the internet in general are showing how many people really care deeply about what is happening. I think Michelle Obama's Mother's Day speech is telling us that Pres. Obama has something planned. There certainly was no denying the concern in her voice and on her face.

It is always a good thing when inconsistencies between ideology and reality are brought to light, isn't it? Inevitably it reveals greed and lust for power in one form or another, but at least we know better where we stand once the truth is out.

Nabiye Tal's picture

Its Unfortunate

Thank you so much Donna for your concern, it is really unfortunate what these terrorists groups are out doing. i can't imagine how they claim to be fighting for a god and women and girls are their victims, i wonder if this god is not the one who created the women, i wonder if they see women and girls as equally created as them by God Almighty. its so sad.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

Olubusola's picture

It is really sickening

As a Nigerian, i was shocked when i heard the news that girls were abducted in a high school in Northern Nigeria. My thought was that in few hours they will be rescued but when the hours turned days, it got me worried. Is our government so lame that nothing can be done to salvage the situation? I learnt Boko Haram sect has permeated the whole sector that it is difficult to combat them. The recent promise by USA, Britain, China and the rest to assist is really a welcome idea......

Bussy

Nabiye Tal's picture

It is indeed sickening

Dear Bussy, it is more than sad what has been happening in the northern Nigeria since President Goodluck came into power, the Northern elders who contested and lost the election said because of Jonathan they will make the country ungovernable! then all of a sudden a group called boko haram emerged and started bombing churches, as typical, the christians did not respond and no war broke out, then they started killing Corp members who were serving their fatherland, still, no war broke out, the Government was undeterred, for a while now, there was no bombings, no killings and we thought peace is finally here, until the abduction of the school girls and shortly after it were 2 bomb blasts on innocent Nigerians, Boko haram claim they are fighting western education, but why bombing of churches and bombings of innocent Nigerians and abduction of teenage girls, they are out to cripple and discredit the present administration, but with the US and The rest great Nations joining us to fight Terrorism, we shall surely overcome. Cheers sister.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

hanasazi's picture

Here's the link to Michelle

Here's the link to Michelle Obama's speech
From what she says, I think they have a plan. Whatever it is, let's pray it works, and works safely. I have heard firmly anti-military peaceful resolution people say they would be happy for their tax dollars to be spent rescuing these girls, whatever it takes. Our hearts and prayers are with them, and for all Nigeria. ♥

Nabiye Tal's picture

That's Right!

Dear Hanasazi, Thank you so much for your concerns, we really need the Help because Terrorism is a global thing now and Nigeria alone cannot fight it alone, the Government have been trying the best it can but their best is not good enough, like you stated, lets pray the plan to rescue these girls and bring an end to this menace works. Amen.

Nabiye Tal,
Founder/CEO- IEVAWC.
@nabiye, @ievawc

hanasazi's picture

#BringBackOurGirls !!!

#BringBackOurGirls !!!

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