#BringBackOurGirls, Day 250

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.

#BringBackOurGirls

We did not #BringBackOurGirls this week

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.

#BringBackOurGirls

 

#BringBackOurGirls, too long

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

 

#BringBackOurGirls, Day 207?

Another week, and no news. The terrorists are increasing their controls it seems, and more attacks occur.

 

I find the last 2 weeks have left me feeling rather hopeless again, and after all that news that there might be a release. I suppose we could be surprised, but it really would be a surprise at this point if things went easily.

I am still here. I still care.

#BringBackOurGirls

 

#BringBackOurGirls, Day 200?

#BringBackOurGirls, Day 200?

 

So another week, and more questions are appearing than answers in our continuing trauma with the #ChibokGirls.

 

I saw a news story this morning that some girls were released that were captured-these are not THE girls, but they are no less important. I am sure they are very happy to be back with their families.

http://www.channelstv.com/2014/04/16/troops-free-girls-abducted-by-terrorists-in-chibok/

 

There is also a story circulating that the girls will be released soon- and by soon I mean today. Although, as I type this, today is pretty much closed out in Nigeria..

http://leadership.ng/news/388731/boko-haram-may-release-chibok-girls-today-officials

Everyone is hopeful, but of course there is a lot of mistrust. The families must be getting exhausted by this constant roller coaster.

 

We are hoping today is the day to #BringBackOurGirls.

 

 

 

#BringBackOurGirls- Not yet.

There was a lot of hope on the twitterverse. There was reportedly a cease fire negotiated with the terrorists and the Nigerian government. There was a report that Tuesday was going to be the day of the release.

I felt real excitement. I poured over the news several times an hour waiting for the triumph to appear.

Alas, it did not. In fact, the stories were that there were more terrorist attacks.

This morning I read reports that 45-60 more girls were kidnapped.

Clearly, the release was not on their minds. Perhaps it never was.

Could it have been a terrorist joke so they could make moves to secure more villages under their terror? Was it a false report all along? I couldn’t say.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/10/hijacking-nigeria-bringbackour-2014102213549148465.html

I feel so bad for the families- in spite of all the horrors, they want they want their girls back. Alive. Whole. It is cruel to toy with them in this way.

Were the girls also told they would be released? We don’t know.

The only benefit I can see to this, is that for 2 seconds, the story was in the news again. BBC, CNN.. they all ran a blip about the possibility that the girls would be released.

To me, that is promising. If there is still news out there, people are interested, and have not given up hop that they will be set free.

 

There was an article on Al Jazeera today that kind of picked at us today

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/10/hijacking-nigeria-bringbackour-2014102213549148465.html

It mocked the efforts of the hashtag campaign. Called us misguided and uninformed. But I have asked in the comments- what would you have us do?

I honestly want to know. I can’t go fight my way into the camp. I have not money to fight for them, and even if I did, how would I know that it would help anyone? What SHOULD we be doing? Because nothing does not seem the answer to me..

(ugh- my question is not there, I will try to post again)

People are still commenting saying the hashtag campaign is useless.. some say why not. But they are saying something.

I am still here each week- although I have to say I would LOVE to blog next week about something else on my Thursday afternoon… until then though, I will be here.

Not forgetting. Not giving up hope. Waiting for the day that they

#BringBackOurGirls

 

#BringBackOurGirls and My Email From the President

#BringBackOurGirls and My Email From the President

The White House, Washington

Well kids, it isn’t everyday that this blogger gets an email from the President of the United States…

I know, I know.. it is a pre-formatted thing sent by a computer, but it is still a little bit exciting.

And I guess if nothing else, I am now a data point in the system that recognizes interest in our Chibok girls. I have expressed my concern to the highest office in my country, and at least got a response.

I AM kind of tingly. I am also a dork. I really wish this letter has some impact on policy making. I would love to think that when the girls are finally home, that I got to play a little teeny weeny bitsy part in making that day come.

 

Here is the email:

 

The White House, Washington
Dear Michelle:Thank you for writing.  Along with millions of people across the globe, Michelle and I are outraged and heartbroken over the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram.  No child should be forced to live in fear for getting an education and pursuing her dreams.Like people everywhere, Nigerians deserve to be free from violence and from terror.  The United States will not forget the people of Nigeria during this difficult time.  At my direction, and in coordination with our international partners, our Government is providing extensive assistance to help find these girls and bring them home to their families.  Sadly, this is not an isolated act of terror, and we stand with the Nigerian people in their ongoing struggle against violent extremism.

As the Nigerian government works to root out Boko Haram and associated groups, we will keep providing assistance to help them develop a comprehensive approach to handling the threats posed by these groups.  And we will continue aiding Nigeria as it dismantles these networks of terror and takes meaningful, effective actions to create a future safe from the horrors we see today.  Combating terrorism means protecting civilians and ensuring respect for human rights—not only in Nigeria, but around the world.

The United States is committed to doing its part to help prevent mass atrocities, protect basic human rights, and promote opportunity for all.  We do so in partnership with other governments, the United Nations, and with religious institutions, unions, and civil organizations both at home and abroad.  Using every available tool, we will keep working to resolve the root causes of conflict, build lasting institutions, and train the peacekeepers, police, and soldiers who protect those in danger.

More broadly, promoting peace and prosperity means securing equal rights and opportunity for women and girls.  When women succeed, nations are safer, more secure, and more prosperous.  We will continue empowering women and girls everywhere to pursue the education that is their birthright, and to participate fully in their societies.

Thank you, again, for your message.  In these Nigerian girls, many of us see our own daughters.  Their courage pushes us to fight to ensure all children have the opportunities they deserve and the chance to reach their fullest potential.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

 

So, until the girls are home, the hashtag goes on.

 

Did you write an email to the leader of the free world yet? #BringBackOurGirls

#BringBackOurGirls, How Two Girls Escaped

#BringBackOurGirls, How Two Girls Escaped

It is close to the 6 month mark and we have yet to #BringBackOurGirls.

I cannot imagine the horrors they continue to endure, and I cannot fathom how the world has seemingly forgotten about them.

 

I for one have not. And neither has Frederica Wilson. I know nothing about this woman, except that she has endlessly worked to help #BringBackOurGIrls.

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Frederica Wilson ‏@RepWilson 7h6 hours ago RT @naijama: A small, but determined crowd demands #BringBackOurGirls on #SpeakOutSaturday at Marina, Lagos

 

I follow her tweets each week, because she always has her finger on the pulse of this campaign. This week she posted a powerful article about 2 girls that escaped the terrorists. You can read it here:

http://townhall.com/columnists/joannemoudy/2014/10/08/escape-from-boko-haram-chibok-schoolgirls–sarahs-story-n1902000

I was so touched by this story. In summary, 2 girls jumped off the back of the kidnappers truck the night of the event. One broke her legs in the jump. The girl broke her legs and damaged her knees so badly she had to slide on her belly all night, with the help of her friend to escape.

All night. Through the dark. Alone and afraid.

In the end, they found a man that agreed to help them, but reluctantly as he himself was afraid of the consequences of helping them. A grown man was afraid. Imagine how these girls felt. And how very brave they were to take that chance to jump.

How much pain did they girl endure? I cannot imagine. She was in medical care for a very long time. She certainly will never be the same.

She clearly is interested in continuing her education, and for that I am so proud of her. So clear in her intent, that no terrorist is going to take that from her.

SO ask yourself this week, are you going to share the hashtag? Are you going to email a representative for your area and ask for help on this? We cannot forget the girls. They want an education, and deserve it, and should not be tortured for it.

Do you want to donate to help a girl? Go here http://jubileecampaign.org/funds/education-after-escape-fund/

#BringBackOurGirls