Many of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day this coming Sunday with the joy of our children and loved ones, but there are mothers crying in pain as they try to figure out how to get their daughters back home. All over the world there are girls who live in fear just for wanting a better life.
A few weeks ago in Lagos, Nigeria over 250 girls were kidnapped by an extremist Muslim group called Boko Haram which means, “Western education is a sin.” The girls range between 15 – 18 years old and are either Christian or Muslim. The girls were attacked and kidnapped while sleep in their dormitory at the Government Girls Secondary School. These girls are stars in their families and are studying to become teachers, lawyers and doctors. Reports state the girls were kidnapped in order to be sold for wives to militants against their will.
The families of these young innocent girls have turned their attention to seeking help from the international community. They feel that the Nigerian government is more concerned with “politics” than rescuing their daughters. With the power of social media, the families are hoping that the United States and the United Nations will be able to do something to bring their daughters back home. We must fight for the preservation of humanity.
United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, described the situation as, “this is an act of terrorism and massive human trafficking.” Girls suffering for wanting a better life is not new, we also know about the young girl name Malala who was shot in the head by the Pakistani Taliban at the age of 15 because she advocated for girls’ education. When interviewed about what is happening to the girls in Nigeria, Malala said, “these abducted schoolgirls are my sisters. It should be our duty to speak up for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are in a very difficult situation.”
The sad part to this story is that atrocities such as this still happens in 2014. We must figure out how we can put an end to this type of treatment where the lives of young girls are thought to be only good for bearing children and for the pleasure of men. This Mother’s Day, let’s keep our hearts and minds in prayer for the mothers who won’t give up everywhere. We must stand in solidarity. #BringBackOurGirls.
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