Sign #BringBackOurGirls Petition : Over 200 Nigerian Schoolgirls Kidnapped & Forced To Marry Their Captors
While the media focus on celebrities news Kim Kardashian, Kanye’s and sit outside the house of the young woman who almost bought down the clippers empire, our children are being kidnapped and sold into slavery and you probably don’t know about it. According to one of my favorite bloggers Necolebitchie:
On April 16, as many as 234 girls, between the ages of 15-18, were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria at gunpoint. Though they haven’t claimed responsibility for the brazen abduction, it’s widely believed that this was all done by an Islamist militant group linked to Al Qaeda called, “Boko Haram.” When loosely translated, the group’s name means “Western Education Is Sinful.” Needless to say, they fiercely oppose any and everything Western, especially the education of women. According to their beliefs, a woman’s place is at home and not in school, learning how to read and write.
Up until recently, there’s been little coverage on the horrific abduction, but thank God for the Internet as #BringBackOurGirls has been launched to bring awareness and to force the Nigerian government to step up. Though 43 girls have managed to escape, parents of the missing are taking it upon themselves to look for their daughters in forests and other places the Nigerian security forces are too afraid to enter because of the terrorists. According to reports:
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First, the Nigerian military reported that 129 school girls had been taken from the northeastern state of Borno. Then it claimed that all of the girls but eight had been released. This soon proved false. Few, if any, had been released. In fact, parents said an additional 100 girls beyond original estimates had also been taken. In all, 234 school girls are today suspected captured.
Parents have grown increasingly frustrated by what they perceive as a feckless governmental response. Some relatives have launched their own search, riding motorcycles deep into the surrounding forests in search of their girls. “My wife keeps asking me, why isn’t the government deploying every means to find our children,” relative [Samson] Dawah said.
“All we want from the government is to help us bring our children back,” one father named Pogu Yaga, wept.
Through his own independent investigation, an uncle of one of the kidnapped girls learned that they may have been sold off as child brides for as little as $12 each and taken to neighboring countries.
“We have heard from members of the forest community where they took the girls,” he told them, adding that there had been a mass marriage. ”They said there had been mass marriages and the girls are being shared out as wives among the Boko Haram militants.”
According to WashingtonPost:
The news of the mass marriage come from a group of fathers, uncles, cousins, and nephews who gather every morning to pool their resources, buy fuel, and journey unarmed to forests and border towns in search of the missing girls. They learned this week, they said, that mass wedding ceremonies had occurred on Saturday and Sunday. The insurgents reportedly shot their guns into the air after taking their new brides, and split them into three groups. They were then reportedly moved out by truckload.
“It’s a medieval kind of slavery,” village leader Bitrus told the BBC.
“The free movement of the kidnappers in huge convoys with their captives for two weeks without being traced by the military, which claims to be working diligently to free the girls, is unbelievable,” he said.
A petition urging Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of UN Women, to step in is being circulated and it has already received over 60,000 signatures.You can sign it HERE.