#Bring Back Our Girls

 Bring Back Our Girls! We Want Our Girls! No More Abductions!

We chant, we yell on a hot and sweltering Monday morning in May. None of us are happy to be here, the circumstances for which we march are too grim :

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Over the weekend an email forwarded from one person to another gained momentum. Other mail queried: is it safe? is there security? can the traffic be controlled? what about area boys (local hooligans)?

The email stated that we would meet at Allen’s Roundabout in Ikeja and march 2 miles to the Lagos State House in Alausa. We should bring a white handkerchief and candles with circular paper around the stem so as not to burn our hand.IMG_1172

We were to wear red.

The program announced that we would begin the march promptly at 10 am, which for Lagos, we miraculously did. We were to deliver a formal letter of protest to Governor Fashola. Indeed, we did. At the State House,  speeches, singing, candle ceremony and waving handkerchiefs were on the agenda, it did not happen.

What did happen was a group of about 200 men and women IMG_1191came together from diverse backgrounds—Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, foreigners—ethnicity didn’t matter; religion didn’t matter. Race didn’t matter. We marched for every abducted girl; we marched for our daughters. If only our calls could bring just one girl back into the arms of her family, we would rejoice. But we know this will not happen.

If only our calls could kindle a fire under the politicians to spur to action, we would rejoice. But it has been 3 weeks since Boko Haram kidnapped 234 young girls from the Chibok Girl’s Secondary School in Bornu State in northeast Nigeria, and took them deep into the bush. We do not rejoice.

We yell louder: BRING BACK OUR GIRLS!

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For weeks there is silence, there is blame, and the formation of a presidential committee; but, no action. We hear the girls have been moved to Chad and Cameroon; they have died of snake bites; they were forced to marry and sold into slavery.IMG_1217

But there is no action, only we…we yell louder, we demand, but we go home to our families to our dinners and still:

        over 200 girls are missing.

IMG_1173Article: Bring Back Our Girls, Valerie Magazine

8 thoughts on “#Bring Back Our Girls

  1. Lesley,
    I can’t say I ‘like’ this report but I can say I appreciate your participation and your willingness to bring attention to this crisis. Karen

    • Thank you, Judi. Firstly, it is very difficult to find out how to help that might make some difference as the girls and families that are affected are from an area that is extremely isolated. I am trying to find out an avenue for people to feel confident so people can help in some way and that these efforts will go to the right people. This is taking time (time that I fear has run out). Yesterday 8 more girls were abducted from their homes in a village in Bornu State! Unfortunately, it is not going to stop because there is no deterrent and these criminals are very well organized. (They are nothing more than criminals, rapists, and gangsters. They should not be given any religious label as there is nothing to do with religion. Just very bad people who have found power.)

      Please pass information on…

      Anyway, here is one petition to sign. http://act.watchdog.net/petitions/4607?n=69000219.SMxd-C
      Here is a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bringbackourgirls/info
      Here is a twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/rescueourgirls

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