As a rule I try to keep the weekend posts here at Unload and Unwind to more humorous topics as a way of taking a step back from the more serious pieces that I write about politics and the environment. However I have decided that this issue far out ways the need to step back. In fact I am calling for all of us to step forward, to raise our voice and add our names to the petitions being created around the world decrying the horrendous taking of a number of young girls in Nigeria.
As most may be aware on April 16 of this year 200 girls were kidnapped by an extremist group called ‘Boko Haram‘. This was done so that they would be unable to take their examinations and to call a halt to the education of women in that country. Around the world the outrage has poured forth and yet the Nigerian government, reluctant to start a civil dispute, has moved far to slowly in aid of these young women.
The terrified families, forced to realize that there would be little aid coming for them, are planning on entering the forest where they believe these girls are being held and plead for their release. It unlikely that they will be able to achieve anything on their own , in fact Boko Haram has released video footage in the last days portraying the rape and torture of these young women and their determination to sell them into slavery in retaliation for trying to ‘exceed their proper roles in life’ by getting a western education. Since then there have been other abductions but not in such large number as this attack on the 200 girls.
Boko Haram was founded in 2002 and loosely translated from the local Hausa language means “Western education is forbidden“. It has been involved in a large number of assassinations, abductions and bombings. In 2010 was declared a terrorist group by the US amid fears that it had developed links with other militant groups, such as al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, to wage a global jihad.
What I am asking, actually what I am begging is that you share this post with others as well as add your name to the petitions from Be Brave – Take a Stand, Walk Free and We the People in the US by following the links provided in the sentence. There are some things in this world that cannot and should not be tolerated. If we can send the military into other countries to deal with groups we are told pose an imminent threat then we should have no trouble sending military aid to assist the Nigerian Government and the families of these girls.
As a rule I dislike military intervention but as I said there are times and this is one of them, not just for these young women and their families but for all who would come after them and all who have gone before. If you know of other petitions in your own countries then send the links here or in your own posts and gather as many signatures as you can demanding that our governments step in and do what the Nigerian government is either unable or unwilling to achieve alone.