While much of the country has their tunnel vision focused squarely on Donald Sterling’s racist rhetoric, two weeks ago over 200 sleeping girls were kidnapped in their school dormitories yet most of the population seems ignorant to this cruelty.
Abubakar Shekau, the man suspected of the kidnappings, began his reign of terror nearly four years ago. Armed with an AK-47, pile of religious texts, and a band of violent Islamic zealots, Shekau and the group began a devastating mission of eradicating all vestiges of Western principles and education.
The group, Boko Haram, was liberated along with 700 other inmates from a Nigerian prison by armed militants. In the four-year bloody rebellion since the forced release of the Boko Haram, the group has employed terroristic means to murder a tragically substantial amount Nigerians. Their violent mission is made more apparent by the fact that the name “Boko Haram” roughly translates into “western education is a sin.”
Fast forward to 2014, Shekau’s band of armed agitators, stormed the school were the girls were sleeping and forced them into convoy trucks. Now the Boko Haram is keeping them hostage and no one knows when or if they might be returned. The actual amount of schoolgirls, who are between the ages of 12 and 17, that were abducted has been disagreed on by government officials and the administration of the school. The school’s faculty maintains that 230 students were taken and 187 are still missing, while the government has been rejecting these claims and instead touting that only 129 girls were taken as hostages.
This mass abduction by the faction, is meant to shed light on their abhorrence for Western education, and their desire for an Islamic state in Nigeria sans any would be Christians.
Where there lurks a decidedly malevolent villain, there must also be a superhero waiting in the wings ready fight injustice and as well as wickedness. In this case, the superhero or rather the super-heroines, is an organization known as Women for Peace and Justice. The only clear protagonists in this story have rallied for a “million-woman protest march” to occur Wednesday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. The marchers have been moved into action to demand that the government allocates more resources in securing the release of the more than 200 abducted girls.
Today, while most Americans will spend the day by the water cooler, rehashing the lifetime ban of the profusely rich and racist Donald Sterling, a group of brave and heroic women will be marching on the violent Nigerian streets hoping to obtain some form of justice for the 200 girls that were kidnapped only because their wish to educate themselves clashed with the agenda of a vile terrorist.
So instead of hopping on Twitter to overshare narcissistic 140 character blurbs about the problems of a first world country, channel the heroines of Women for Peace and Justice and tweet #BringBackOurGirls.