Over 200 Girls Go Missing and Government Fails to Act

30 Apr


I rarely discuss international events on this blog. Yet, this was a travesty that I simply cannot ignore.

On April 15th, armed men stormed into a boarding school in Chibok, Nigera and kidnapped around 234 girls. The suspected kidnappers are of an Islamic extremist group known as Boko Harem, whose name roughly translates to “western education in sinful.”

According to Nigerian officials, this terrorist group, who has kidnapped women and students in the past, usually uses their victim as porters, cooks, and sex slaves. Others suspect that some of the girls have been taken over the boarder to be sold into marriage.

Families, who’ve been agonizing over this dreadful situation for 2 weeks, are fed up with the Nigerian government’s lack of effort to find the missing students. Many have staged protests and are raising money for a community group to go looking for the girls.

Currently, there are a few circulating petitions circulating to raise awareness and increase efforts to find the missing young women.

You can find them here:

White house petition
Change.org petition 1 
Change.org petition 2

People are also using social media to raise awareness, with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls

My heart goes out to the families who are awaiting the return of their daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, and friends. I’m sure all of our prayers are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to blogger Blkcowrie for informing me of this travesty.

One Response to “Over 200 Girls Go Missing and Government Fails to Act”

  1. bxqsrxjtra@gmail.com June 30, 2014 at 9:38 AM #

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