Over two weeks ago, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, and grandmothers and grandfathers had some of the teen girls in their lives stolen in the dead of night. In the chaotic northern region of Nigeria, an Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, attacked the all girls’ school. The men having been attacking the region for years now. They claimed responsibility for Christmas day blasts in Jos nearly two and a half years ago. They are the men who hustled these 16, 17, and 18 year old girls into vans on April 15, 2013, in the middle of the night.
The numbers of missing girls vary–the families are saying that 234 girls were kidnapped while the Nigerian government says that there are fewer girls missing. One missing girl is one too many. Reportedly a little over 40 girls have escaped, but the rest have yet to be recovered. And now for the past several days there have been rumblings that the girls may have been “married off” (i.e., raped) to the insurgents and/or taken across the border into Cameroon.
There are two petitions circulating the Internet: one via Change.org (Over 200 girls are missing in Nigeria – Please RESCUE THEM! #BringBackOurGirls) and another through whitehouse.gov (work with the UN and the Nigerian government to bring home the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram). Please find the time to sign both of these petitions. There is also a planned rally outside of the Embassy of Nigeria in DC on Tuesday, May 6.