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There are so many things that I would like to say about the girls in Nigeria; however, I will keep this post as short as possible while still sharing information.
For many, many years Nigeria has had an issue with kidnapping, particularly the kidnapping of those in wealthy families. According to the Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT Project) there were two kidnappings reported in 1983, compared to 3,608 in 2013. By April of this year (2014), there were already 2,285 kidnappings! Just recently, there were 151 kidnappings and the following day another 215….insane!!!
Currently, it is being suggested that the girls recently abducted (276 of them) have been separated into groups; it has also been suggested that the girls are being sold. Boko Haram Militants abducted the first group of girls on April 14, 2014 from the Government Girls Secondary School in rural Chibok; the following day, the other group of girls was kidnapped with villagers in Warabe. Based on the admission of Boko Haram’s leader, Arubakar Shekau, the Militants did in fact abduct these girls.
According to a former Boko Haram negotiator, the fact that Sani has not vowed to kill the girls is a good sign. He says that the leader of the group often kills following his abductions. The former negotiator says that Sani must have a consciousness of the interests and sensitivity the abduction has generated, and considering the consequences of what killing the girls will mean to the group. Rather, it appears that Boko Haram has taken another angle by attacking those who may try to find the girls. There have been incidents pointing to the typical pattern of Boko Haram’s revenge-seeking tactics towards the government and those who may be helping the government.
The United States and the British government will be sending a team of law enforcement experts and military advisers to help locate and return the girls to their families. Boko Haram has been deemed as a terrorist organization; the United States has put a $7 million bounty on Shekau. The Nigerian police also announced a reward for rescuing the girls of about $310,000.
So, the question that must be asked is what causes such a large number of kidnappings??? Some of the data suggests an unacceptable rate of unemployment, an inefficient and corrupt police force, and corrupt politicians. This latest horror story appears to have occurred for a totally different reason than those mentioned. The leader of the Boko Haram Militants, the kidnappers of the young girls, stated that the reason for the kidnapping is because, “There is a market for selling humans; and Allah says they should sell; Allah commands them to sell.”
Yes, for those of you who didn’t know the ‘terrorist’ group is Muslim. Boko Haram means Western education is sin in the local Hausa language. The Militants say they want to see stricter enforcement of Sharia law across Africa’s most populous nation. Is this why they have kidnapped the girls??? Regardless of the reason, this is an absolute outrage!
Sadly, it took for such a large number of children to get abducted at one time in order for us (folks in other countries) to learn of the issues taking place in Nigeria! There must be changes made; group efforts in providing and executing solutions. Once the girls are returned home safely, we cannot allow the issues of Nigeria and other countries like it to be swept under the rug! Enough is enough! Get involved….
As a community, as a nation, as a family of human beings let’s all give what we can; with the United States, Britain and possibly China assisting in saving of the girls all that is left for us to do is pray. Even in a situation such as this, it takes a village...a village of prayer warriors!
Mrs. Tomaro Pilgrim, MS
Note: One thing that must be made clear; Boko Haram Militants DO NOT represent the Muslim community! Anyone believing that the Islamic community agrees with or participates in such horrible, negative acts please do your research. The women (and young girls) in Islamic communities are respected and loved, not abused and mistreated as many would want you to believe. The abduction of these girls is solely the responsibility of Boko Haram, and them alone; it has NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD!