Unless you’ve had your head in a bucket, I’m sure you are aware that 3 weeks ago almost 300 girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria while they slept. This atrocity was carried out by extremist group Boko Haram, the leader of which insists that Allah told him to do it. Now I’ve not read the Quoran yet, but from what I understand it does not say anything about school being evil; it does, however, condemn “kidnapping young girls and selling them into slavery” according to Arsalan Iftikhar, international human rights lawyer.
We’ve all been slow to react to this. I remember several weeks ago, listening to NPR in the car about Boko Haram going into schools and killing boys. Boko Haram means “western education is a sin”. I came home and told my husband about it; we talked about the young women we’re helping to go to school in Uganda and wondered if there would be any problem there. Then we moved on.
We can’t wait around any more. This is not a new problem; the kidnapping and trafficking of women and girls is a huge, global problem. On A Mighty Girl’s Facebook page, they state, “the U.S. State Department estimates that between 60,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year and 80% of those trafficked are women and girls, mostly for sexual exploitation.” By standing in solidarity with the mothers in Chibok, we can fight violence against women worldwide.
The Girl Rising website has a list of action items that you can do right this moment to help bring these girls home. The biggest thing we can do right now is build awareness and not let this be ignored. Please share this information with everyone you know and urge them to take action as well. This is not just a Nigerian issue. Whenever human rights are violated for anyone, they are violated for us all. Please please take action on this. Start here by signing this petition.