An AMAZING display of solidarity from Atlanta, New York, DC, Philly, London and back to Nigeria. Men, women and children showed up in their Gele’s (headwraps) for rallies and protests today in an effort to push for more coverage and aid in finding the abducted Nigerian girls. #BringBackOurGirls
(These photos are not mine, they are photos from twitter. Please feel free to tag anyone you may know that is in these pics)
The agreement, announced by the country’s defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria’s military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine,” an official with Nigeria’s security forces told Reuters Friday. “It is worth taking seriously.”
Boko Haram militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls from Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in mid-April, sparking a worldwide outcry and propelling the group onto to the international stage for the first time. Over fifty of the girls escaped early on. The rest have remained in captivity ever since.“
On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors’ accounts.
So, this is pretty shocking. 234 girls were abducted from their boarding school in Chibok in Nigeria on April 15th. Most of them are between the ages of 16 and 18. It is known that they were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, and it is believed that the girls are being sold as wives, and are now involved in human traficking. It is even known roughly where they are being kept.
There has been very little response from the Nigerian government, in fact even telling international media that a large number had been found when they hadn’t. The Nigerian army is also very inefficient at dealing with this kind of crisis. The Nigerian people have been holding mass protests and fundraising to send out private search parties into the jungle. Now there is a call for international governments to lend a hand, these girls have done nothing to deserve to suffer at the hands of a corrupt and unjust government.
As usual with third world affairs, I’ve seen very little about this on tumblr, and there’s been an international social media campaign to raise awareness about this. Can you imagine in 234 girls went missing from the UK, USA or Europe?! If you call yourself a feminist, then you have a duty to care about women’s rights internationally, and this a pretty big infringement of those rights.
Remember where you were when you heard that a police officer could legally kill an unarmed teenager without consequence.
Remember Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice and the countless black children slaughtered by a corrupt country’s police force.
Remember the 43 young people in Mexico who were needlessly killed to stop them protesting, and remember the size of the protests that followed.
Remember the injustice at the Brazilian World Cup and how the sport was seen as more important than the people.
Remember the Nigerian schoolgirls who still are not home.
Remember the images of Hong Kong students being tear gassed for challenging the legitimacy of their democracy.
Remember when President Putin invaded the Ukraine.
Remember Gaza’s hospitals being bombed by Israeli forces and the small Palestinian children who died innocently playing in the street after their homes had been destroyed.
Remember when the meaning of the name Isis changed.
Remember watching the world raising their arms above their heads and asking their ‘protectors’ not to shoot.
These are the things that are important. These are a part of the story of humanity. We are all a part of this narrative. Some of us have bigger roles, but this world belongs to all of us. One day your children or grandchildren will be asking you questions about this time.
Remember how old you are this year.
Remember what point you are at in your life.
Remember how seeing the world around you change made you feel. and how you reacted.
Remember the conversations you had with friends and loved ones. and how they reacted.
Remember how you cried. Or how you did not.
Remember how shocked you were. Or how you were not.
Remember the loss. The individuals. The movements. The injustice. The change. How nothing was ever the same again.
As the Nigerian military moved in on a Boko Haram stronghold, the militants pelted
hostages to death with stones in an effort to keep them from being
rescued. A group of about 300 women and children held as hostages were
freed by the Nigerian forces on Sunday. The military said that it’s
released 700 from Boko Haram captivity in the last week.