May 3, 2014

#bringbackourgirls The Kidnapped Schoolgirls of Nigeria

kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls April 2014
Were you aware of this?

One of the saddest things to hear from tv news came at me early this Saturday morning.  CNN said that about two weeks ago in Nigeria, the powerful Islamist regime, "Boko Haram" kidnapped young girls from their homes.  CNN reported a total of 276 kidnapped girls.

The CNN reader said that no one is giving it any attention. CNN, you are supposed to put focus on it and tell us.        DO YOUR JOB.  (Maybe tv news is not the best place to get up to date information.)

Twitter and Facebook.  These are sources with links and contacts to put pressure on the governments to rescue the girls.

To read about the kidnappings, click on the links listed below.  (Not an exhaustive list, just a few.) What they show is heartbreaking and alarming.

kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls april 2014
Nigeria's Stolen Girls , The New Yorker

Hundred of Nigerian School Girls Sold as Brides to Militants, The Washington Post

Nigerian Kidnapped Schoolgirls Forced Into Islam, Businessweek

Is Anyone Really Trying to Save Nigeria's Kidnapped Schoolgirls?, The Telegraph

kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls april 2014
Boko Haram has been murdering children for
going to school.  They do not want girls educated.
They slaughtered youngsters inside schools and disrupt with bombs and bullets.  A complete takeover of the country to instigate and control through Sharia law is their ultimate goal.

The following is quoted from, All Africa, Voice of America.

While no one has claimed responsibility for last month's kidnapping, it is being blamed on the Boko Haram militants, a group known to kidnap young women for use as servants, spies and so-called "wives." It is believed the militants, whose five-year insurgency has killed thousands, have divided their female hostages among several camps in the Sambisa forest near the borders of Cameroon and Chad...

Despite a yearlong military campaign against Boko Haram, Nigerian security forces have been unable to stop the near-daily violence in the country's restive and predominantly Muslim northeast. Now the plight of the Chibok girls has become a national cause for a population frustrated by Abuja's inability to stop the crimes of an elusive enemy."

An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration with others who have daughters among the kidnapped school girls of government secondary school Chibok, Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Abuja, Nigeria.  Two weeks after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a “hot pursuit” by security forces and desperate parents heading into a dangerous forest in search of their daughters. Some dozens have managed to escape their captors, jumping from the back of an open truck or escaping into the bush from a forest hideout, although the exact number of escapees is unclear. (AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan)
An unidentified mother cries out during a demonstration
on Tuesday April 29, 2014,
 in Abuja, Nigeria. (AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan)

If you connect with the images I made with the hashtag, #bringbackourgirls, feel free to borrow.

What a world this is.   Beautiful and Dangerous at once.   I'm going to look for some peace and try to pass it on...  

kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls april 2014

kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls april 2014