Last week’s article was from Look on the outrage sweeping Nigeria, due to the abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram. They have now followed up on the situation with an article that tells the story of one girl who managed to escape as well as the outrage that is now sweeping the world.
Hajja’s story is a horrendous one that Look tells factually and almost bluntly, though that may due to it being a quote from Hajja. Her recounting of how Boko Haram, a terrorist group, treated her is enough to make anyone who has grown up as a free person physically feel disgust. To be a “domestic slave” and to be subjected to such horrors that you fake crippling stomach pains is something that none of us can understand.
However, the abduction of schoolgirls is something that goes against every moral fibre. I don’t know whether it is the crushing of innocence or the need to protect a group often associated with images of purity. But whatever it is, it has inspired the rest of the world to get behind the Nigerians campaigning for government action in finding the kidnapped girls. With people like Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys and Malala Yousafzai getting behind the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, this inspirational campaign is gathering momentum. Even the boys are getting behind it, with various male celebrities using #RealMenDon’tBuyGirls to stand against Abubakar Shekau saying “They [Women] are slaves and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them.”
To end, I want to thank Look for once again showing that fashion magazines don’t have to just be about the world of fashion. But more importantly, for raising further awareness of the events that have happened in Nigeria and the campaign, #BringBackOurGirls. If you want to sign the petition to encourage world leaders to help find the missing girls then go to change.org.