The world is horrified… and I don’t just mean the fashion world. And for a change, the world has not been united over global issues no one understands or a celebrity’s latest faux pas. To quote Kate Everson from Lydia Magazine,
“This time, it’s an event that happened on the other side of the world but has hit home in every nation because it all comes down to one thing: the wrongful abduction of innocent lives.”
This event was the kidnapping of over 200 girls from the Chilbok Girls’ Boarding School in Nigeria by Boko Haram. And, as Look says, “Nigeria is angry. Really angry.” Well, if my little sister was stolen away by men intending to sell her for marriage, I would be doing all I could to find her. That is precisely what the mothers, sisters and friends of these girls are doing. Marching through the streets of Kano and Abuja, these women are placing pressure on their government to do something about Boko Haram and the kidnapped girls.
As the numerous articles that have appeared over the last three-four weeks, including Look‘s, shows that this pressure has gone beyond the Nigerian government. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls has gone global in support of the women’s efforts. But I think the point of the marches can be summed up by a parent of the missing girls.
“We’re poor with no influence whatsoever, which we believe is the reason the government doesn’t care about our girls. But we believe if Nigerians, the high and low, raise their voices from different quarters, it’ll make the government sit up and do the right thing.”*
*Quite taken from Look, 12th May 2014, p.30