#BringBackOurGirls June 12th, 2014

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The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag has passed another week, with no real progress towards bringing the girls home. The story pops up in the news from time to time, but apparently nothing is being done that is obvious to the rest of the world.

I would love to do another type of post this week. One filled with happy girls, returning to their parent’s joyful arms, but that is not to be on June 12th. I hope the day will come.

Instead, I will rehash a few stories- one from CNN that does not show much progress, but does talk a bit about the history of the region. It is a story about how terror is striking harder than ever in an area of the world. Even if for some reason these girls make it home safely, it is unlikely that these terrorists will stop the bloodying of their part of the world.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/10/world/africa/boko-haram-hunt-arwa-damon/

And now there are tales that 20 women have also been kidnapped by the same group with a raid that killed a rumored 400 to 500 people:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/world/africa/nigeria-women-kidnapped/

The tweets are continuing, but a lot of them are becoming hopeless- expressing frustration and concern that the soccer games going on will eclipse the coverage of these girls, the battle that Nigeria is facing and all of the terror that seems to be getting worse every day.

The hashtag is still out there though.

People still care. I still care. I would like to make that post. That one where there are smiling faces and light and happiness. I am afraid that day is not coming. But I am not giving up on them.  It is just a few blog posts, a few Facebook posts, and a mess of tweets with the hashtag. But what else is there to do.

 

So don’t you give up either. Keep the hashtag rolling. Keep the social media buzzing. #BringBackOurGirls

 

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