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

3 thoughts on “Have we done enough to #BringBackOurGirls?

  1. I dont think we are doing enough – our new media is too focused on an election that is still two years away instead of what is going on around us right here and now. Great blog post!

    • Thanks so much. Please keep the hashtag rolling in your posts and tweets…. #BringBackOurGirls

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