Can you believe it has been a year? We have heard little to nothing of late from our Chibok girls, and this week, a positive news story
Photo from BBC website
The girls may have been spotted. A few, not all, but one more family has hope that they can see their daughter again. I cannot imagine the rollercoaster of emotions for them, and their clinging desperation to once again be reunited with family.
The world does not seem to have concern for this campaign. The hashtag has become the topic of jokes. But the pain is still real and the girls are still not home. A year later.
The campaigners as asking us to wear red today to show our support. I will. I you?
It certainly won’t #BringBackOurGirls, but we can show we care.
Have you been vaccinated from terrorism?
I made a commitment earlier in the year- a resolution of sorts, and I would like to get firmly on my objective for 2015.
What is it?
To help vaccinate the world from terror.
I have not forgotten you my dear readers, nor the Chibok girls. It is a new year, and the terrorists are just expanding seemingly daily. I saw on Huffington Post that they massacred a village this week. (Don’t bother checking CNN or BBC on this one, they seem to have missed it.. )
#BringBackOurGirls Year in Review
Well, we are at the end of 2014, and as we reflect on the year in review, we discover that they still did not #BringBackOurGirls.
I see little positive in the news about them. I see nothing about negotiations or attempts to save them. I see nothing really of any purpose.
I did see an article here and there that recaps the year’s top stories. They talk about the hashtag campaign. They talk about failed efforts. The year in review is not good for the Chibok girls.
I also saw that there were more kidnappings this month. More killings. More violence. And there does not seem to be anything to stop it. There is no one that can lead this cause apparently.
So my year in review, is that the terrorists are winning the war against education in Nigeria. It is sad, it is maddening and I feel like nothing we have done has helped them at all.
Only time will tell I suppose, but as the days go on, and we approach a year of captivity- will the girls be free?
Let us make that our New Year’s Resolution.
We are looking at 250 days now. We did not #BringBackOurGirls.
We have nothing in the news. We have no stories to report. The hope is fading. I still care about this story. I still think often of the girls and wish that this had never happened to them.. that they could be studying for exams, planning holidays, planning anything at all besides what they must be facing now.
We still have not forgotten you.
Once again, no news to report. The days have been filled with Black Friday sales and fights and protests. I get all those things being important. More important than the 230 girls kidnapped by terrorists? No, I think not.
But there is no news this week of their whereabouts, about their fate nor about their families.
The countdown to the end of the year has begun. We are more than half a year into this horror. Can we even dare to hope that 2015 will bring a new story?
Maybe this can be our resolution. To do more. To bring them back. To at least try.
I challenge you all. Write a letter. Write a tweet, a FB post, a blog post. Call a representative for your area. Do not let the story die in the midst of our cheerful holiday season.
I have been a bit delayed on my posts, and I apologize. A new job is kicking my butt, and blogging has had to take the second spot in my life. I am still here though!
This last week has seen some bad and good as usual. We saw that the Nigerian government teamed up with some local vigilantes and took back Chibok, where the girls are from.
The article on BBC noted that the town is not a particularly important one strategically in the battle against the terrorists. They have taken so many towns like it- but of course because of the news with the girls- more people are interested. A bittersweet success I suppose. More deaths and killings with the girls’ families. Even if they do get to return home, I am not sure what home looks like for them.
So we pass once again- another week. No news of the process of bringing the girls home.
I cannot help this week but give thanks for being able to live in a country where my daughter is free to get an education. She is free to marry whom she chooses when the day comes. Yes we have issues, but they are not like the ones in Nigeria. Equality is a far far stretch for them right now. It makes me grateful to have all that I do.
So- the call is the same to all of you- don’t forget them. Roll the hashtag. #BringBackOurGirls
Nothing good to report this week.. in fact, now the terrorists have taken Chibok.. it would appear that even releasing the girls now is fruitless, since they would only be under control in a different way.
Not sure what there is to say about this. It makes me feel ill really..
All we can do is hope, and keep the hashtag alive..