It seems that each year, the world gains another day to mark as “tragic” on the calendar. This year, April 14 will forever be known as the day 276 Nigerian school girls were abducted by the Boko Harem terrorist network. Year after year people across the world will mark that day as the anniversary of parents losing their daughters into the dangerous hands of Nigeria’s militant Islamist group. But even worse, those families will forever recount the days, hours and minutes their children were taken from their beds into the night by harmful men.
It saddens my heart that nearly 300 young woman who merely sought a safe education have been ripped from their beds. I shut my eyes to the thought of those girls, ages 15 to 18, being forced into trucks and vans against their will. I shake my head knowing it was all because they sought to strengthen their minds. The ability to acquire knowledge and self-advancement should be a natural born right guaranteed to all. Yet, as I watch the news, listen to the radio or even search the web, I continue to run into stories of violent actions inflicted on schoolgirls across the world.
We cannot look at this attack as simply a “Nigerian” problem. We must understand that this attack was made to influence the world in order to gain power. This kidnapping of hundreds of young women through force was a demoralizing attempt in order to make a point. It is hard to believe that school, a place our children learn and develop is no longer a safe place. How could I ever again trust the phrase “A safe learning environment?”
So, as I continue to hear updates on the girls that remain missing after 49 days, I urge the military to take swift action in their rescue. I have hope of a better tomorrow when every one of the missing girls is reunited with their families. Until then I will continue to show support to #BringBackOurGirls.