#BringBackOurGirls 7/31/14

Another week gone by and they did not #BringBackOurGirls.

Rachel Daniel, with her son Bukar, 7, holds a picture of her daughter Rose, 17, at her home in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. Rose was abducted with nearly 300 other pupils by Boko Haram

photo from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/24/-sp-families-abducted-girls-fight-boko-haram-supine-government

CNN hasn’t posted a thing. Ebloa, Gaza, planes crashing.. the news has been so full of horrors that it is easy to let the girls slip under the rug. It is ONLY a few hundred girls. Other things are getting the headlines. I am not judging. It is human nature to move to the next big thing.

I was happy to see that The Guardian posted a story on the 24th. It gives the story a more personal touch. It talks about how the families are coping. The story tells about how one family has sacrificed to make sure their daughter has access to medical school. She was just a few months from taking her exams to enter. These are stories that we need to hear.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/24/-sp-families-abducted-girls-fight-boko-haram-supine-government

 

This is just one story. There are some details of other families, each with a story. Each with a commitment to provide their daughters with an education. They are trying to better their life. They are simply taking advantage of something that we take for granted in most of the world. An education.

This terror group does not want them to have it. They are winning. We cannot forget the girls, even if it is to help us understand that education for women is crucial to equality.

So the hashtag will keep going.

#BringBackOurGirls

 

100 Days Pass- we did not #BringBackOurGirls

 #BringBackOurGirls

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.

 #BringBackOurGirls

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

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.

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. PHOTO FROM CNN

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/23/opinion/brown-nigeria-boko-haram-girls/index.html?sr=tw072314bbog100days1230pStoryGallPhoto

 

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.

#BringBackOurGirls

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.

 

#BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurGirls Month 3 Update

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The #BringBackOurGirls campaign is now in its third month. The girls have not returned. As in my previous posts, there seems to be no hopeful news coming out to keep the media interested, so the story is melting away.

 

CNN did have an interview with Education Activist- Malala Yousafzai. She brings a flash of hope after meeting with the president of Nigeria. Check out the interview here:

http://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/14/malala-yousafzai-talks-to-cnns-isha-sesay-about-bringbackourgirls-turning-17/?iref=allsearch

 

In other news- Mia Farrow has posted:

 

Boko Haram has killed more than 2000 civilians in 6 months via

#BringBackOurGirls Still No Progress

Another week has passed, and the only real news I saw was the story about the Nigerian government giving up their efforts to find the girls.

 

I did find a story from Time this week, and it made me even sicker.

http://time.com/2962866/bringbackourgirls-still-hasnt-brought-them-back/

It gives a little more detail about the girls and what past kidnapping histories have told us. Even if or when these girls are returned- they may be pregnant, certainly emotionally scarred from their time in captivity, but to add another layer to this tragedy, the girls will also be considered tainted.

Picture from http://time.com/2962866/bringbackourgirls-still-hasnt-brought-them-back/

Even if they somehow escape being sexually assaulted, it will always be a question to make suitors who are notorious for wanting a “pure” woman. Reportedly, women in Nigeria already have very few options in their lives, and marriage to a man that can care for them financially is sometimes their best hope for a decent life. This essentially destroys that possibility.

If they come back pregnant, the children will be treated poorly.

I think that if this ever manages to be a situation where these girls return home, they should be offered some other options. Perhaps a humanitarian effort to relocate these women to the US? Or somewhere where they can start life with a clean slate.

Perhaps some scholarships somewhere where they can finish the education that these terrorists are trying to deny them. Education is what they want to destroy- we are uniquely able to provide that here in the US.

We need to look forward and start making plans. We are still here. We are not forgetting you ladies. We still care. Keep the hashtag rolling.

#BringBackOurGirls

 

Ps- Sorry dear readers for the tardiness of this post, I set off to write it last night and had computer issues for HOURS.

Nigeria Government Closes Case to #BringBackOurGirls

In the most depressing news in weeks, I have read that the Nigerian government has officially closed the investigation on the missing girls.

You can read the article here.

It has been 81 days, and they have given up entirely that these girls will be returned home through their efforts. And really, there has been no news in at least 2 weeks from the major US news agencies. So apparently, the media has given up as well.

I was only able to find that story after searching the hashtag and even then, it was half way down the page. The #BringBackOurGirls twitter campaign has lost its steam.

The group that took them is still out terrorizing people all over the country. The girls have not returned and there is no news on whether they are alive and well at all. All feels very bleak to me, again.

This tweet sums it all up for me, and why I keep posting, and will keep posting until they #BringBackOurGirls.

REFUSE TO SPEAK FOR THEM TODAY, WHO WILL SPEAK FOR YOU/YOUR DAUGHTER/SISTER/MUM TOMORROW ?

Do not give up on them. Keep the hashtag rolling, keep the media focused on this until they #BringBackOurGirls.

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