#BringBackOurGirls Update 5/22

Another week has passed- did we #BringBackOurGirls?

Well, we are still several weeks into the trauma that has befallen the Nigerian girls. We do not appear to be any closer to a solution to getting them home to their families. Every day feels more and more hopeless to me, and these girls must be wondering if anyone is even looking for them at this point. It must be a very scary time for them, even if they were being treated well (which we all fear is not the case.)

Women in Abuja, Nigeria, hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, May 14, one month after nearly 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The abductions have attracted national and international outrage.

Here are a few new stories from this week-

  • CNN reported that drones will be engaged in the search to find them
  • 80 US troops will be in Chad looking for them ( Chad?)
  • Boko Haram has made several attacks on villages, killing hundreds more people

We need to #BringBackOurGirls

Clearly there is no stopping this group with the current activities that are occurring. Military forces in Nigeria are apparently weak, and efforts to gather new resources are failing due to language barriers and funds between regions.

What can be done to help these girls, and certainly the people of Nigeria?

I have no idea. I just do not want this story to get lost in the endless media circus of drugged out singers, bad celebrity behavior and political drama. These are real people. Girls, made to suffer for the politics of a region that is in turmoil. It is wrong, and I just feel the need to do something, even if keeping the hashtag alive is all I can do.

 

Are you doing anything you can share with us? Are you tweeting the hastag? Are you posting news events on Facebook? Are there places we can write that can help encourage more action? Share in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

#BringBackOurGirls

Wordless Wednesday- Organic Farm! 5/21/14

Somehow I had never heard of this organic farm- Singh Farms in Scottsdale. This weekend we got to check it out and we had a great time. We picked up some incredible organic produce and got to walk around the farm to see where it was all grown.

It is so important to try to eat organic and non GMO, and supporting a local organic farm is the best way I can think of to achieve both of these goals. It can be a little tricky in Phoenix, since we do not have the same growing seasons as everywhere else, and what can be grown is somewhat limited, unless extreme measures are taken. I am a horrible gardener, and have never been able to keep much alive besides citrus. And even that is questionable in my yard.. lol.

I am amazed at the way that this organic farm has integrated shade into the design, which gives them an extended growing season in this desert environment. The sun is doom for most gardens here.

There are some fascinating grounds here- you can see chickens and there are benches and little nooks to enjoy the farm, shaded! My daughter wandered about and touched and smelled and just giggled and laughed at being able to see so many awesome things.

I guess the farm closes in June, so we won’t be able to go again this month. I am really bummed! We got the best veggies and some insanely good tasting eggs.

There is a mad rush when the store opens at 8 and things sell out fast, so if you are planning on going, plan ahead. Dress cool. Wear close toed shoes unless you want dirty feet.. lol.

If you get tired, you can sit at this little shaded patio and chill out. My daughter thought this table was pretty cool. She didn’t want to leave, and who can blame her? Going to an organic farm is fun!

Fun times at organic farm

Fun times at organic farm

Have they made progress? #BringBackOurGirls

Have they made any progress this week to #BringBackOurGirls?

I had promised to blog about this every week until the girls are free. Are they at home in the arms of their families?  Than our work is not done.

Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division Obiageli Ezekwesilieze leads a march of Nigerian women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014.

Have we tweeted the messages of encouragement with the #BringBackOurGirls included?

Have we done anything at all? If not, it is time.

Leave a comment about what you have done, intend to do or what is being asked of us as bloggers or even non bloggers to keep this message alive.

I care. #BringBackOurGirls

Wordless Wednesday 5-14-14

Tyrion

Yesterday my daughter and I went to visit my friend’s horses. Yes. Plural. She has 4 (one was off at “school” so we didn’t get to meet him.)

This particular horse is a mini- only 38 inches I think, and he is full grown. He is a bit of a camera hog. He kept getting his mug all up in my camera lens. Very cute and sweet.

We spent some time feeding them carrots and taking 700 pictures. Yes, 700. My camera has an auto function and will take a series of pix in a row, which makes it easier to catch the antics of horses and toddlers.

I will be publishing more pictures in an upcoming review. Stay tuned, because the cute overload is coming!

 

 

Have we done enough to #BringBackOurGirls?

Time magazine asks a pertinent question this week- Have we done enough to #BringBackOurGirls?

http://time.com/90693/bringbackourgirls-nigeria-boko-haram/

Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division Obiageli Ezekwesilieze leads a march of Nigerian women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30, 2014.

Picture is from http://time.com/90693/bringbackourgirls-nigeria-boko-haram/

The article shows that social media can bring attention to the plight of 267 girls, kidnapped in the middle of the night, but can it really do anything to get them back? The answer is maybe the way I interpret it.

Attention will be paid for now. The kidnappers will find themselves under some pressure, but in the end, I fear for the girls.

It has been weeks already. We know these kidnappers, these terrorists, are trying to scare women and discourage them from getting an education. Somehow they feel this is their responsibility. I am sure the girls are being mistreated, abused and possibly worse. As a mother I cannot even imagine what their parents are going through, much less the girls themselves.

Apparently the US is sending some help in the form of hostage negotiators and the like, however, are these people looking to negotiate? And is that really what we want to do? In some ways I think it encourages them to do this again. But even if they never do- haven’t they already sent their message? Women who are educating themselves will be punished.

I have no answers. I have no idea what should be done from our end to help other than try to keep the story alive, to keep this in the spotlight until the girls come home- one way or another.

If you are a blogger, I encourage you to do the same. I intend to run a story weekly on their plight. To rehash the events, or lack of, for the week.

Post something- a tweet, repost an article. Keep the hashtag rolling and perhaps we are going to add our voices to those that care about these girls.

I care. #BringBackOurGirls