#BringBackOurGirls, Day 164
Here we sit at day 164, and we did not #BringBackOurGirls.
There have been a few promising developments in the past few days though.
First- one of the Chibok girls has escaped or been released from her captivity. Details are not available on how she has gained her freedom, but her physical and mental status is not good. There are reports that she has been tortured and is in shock. Clearly, this was to be expected from a person taken from terrorists. I feel such happiness to see that one girl is free, but of course we won’t be happy until they are all free.
We can also deduce that even with her freedom, her mental anguish is going to continue the rest of her life. She is going to need a lot of support to deal with her feelings and to process this horror that she has been through. I don’t know what kind of resources are available to her, but I hope she can be helped through this.
*I have just read that the girl is pregnant. * We know this was not of her choice.
The second development that makes me feel hopeful, is that the leader of the terror group has allegedly been killed. No, I am not happy that a person is dead, but it does open the opportunity to possibly get the girls freed in the chaos that certainly is occurring now.
Will it happen? I don’t know. We need to be hopeful though. There is reportedly some negotiating going on to free the girls but no results that we can see at this point.
With all the other news in the world this week, it is easy to forget the girls. There are others that have tried to keep the story alive- BBC actually did a short report on the hashtag campaign yesterday. A few other stories have popped up over the week since there were the developments I noted.
There is still hope. We still care. Do your part- write to your representatives, donate money to the educational fund for girls if you have the means. Keep rolling the hashtag, and don’t listen to the naysayers that say it doesn’t matter.
It is something we can do until we #BringBackOurGirls.