So today is day 100 for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. Clearly the world has had some other issues to focus on this week- planes, war, bombings.. so much sadness and tragedy. It is easy to forget about a mere 200 girls somewhere in Nigeria.
And yet, I have not forgotten. There is not a new headline for this story. There is no splashy footage. The terrorist group that took them continues to kill and slaughter and destroy with their message of hate. And the world goes on.
CNN had an opinion piece today about the girls
The story rehashes the events. The story does not give us what we want though, which is hope that these girls will be returned to their families. To their lives, and their pursuit of an education.
Let us not forget why this occurred- these girls DARED to go to school to learn about the world. To educate themselves to create a better life for themselves.
The really disturbing thing to me, is the comments.. that is usually an issue of course. But this article prompted some real hate. They poke fun at the folks using the hash tag #BringBackOurGirls. They blame Obama, they blame religion, they blame Kenya ( I don’t get that one.)
Only a few commenters really get to the meat of it. No a hash tag campaign is not going to save the world. But honestly- if you are reading this- how did you find it? Did you use a hash tag? Did you seek out this story because you are still concerned? I hope so.
Keeping this alive means something to me. It certainly must mean something to you. It might make you angry or happy or if anything at all then we are doing something. We are looking at the story every Thursday, and we are generating some traffic, some statistics to the plight of these girls.
I have nothing else I can do…but I have not forgotten.