Where are the Nigerian schoolgirls?
Have you seen the leader of Boko Haram, who have claimed to have taken them? Dude is cray!
I am sure now I will have a fatwa on my head. This blog is often contentious and I know people don’t like my opinions but it is my blog and under freedom of expression, I have a right to ask questions, I have a right to ask where the hell those girls are!
If I were in Nigeria though, I would not have this right. As a woman I have little or no rights.
It seems that equal rights are going backwards in many countries.
These are women in a recent picture from The Guardian.
According to Amnesty International, women under the Taliban are:
- Banned from going to school or studying
- Banned from working
- Banned from leaving the house without a male chaperone
- Banned from showing their skin in public
- Banned from accessing healthcare delivered by men (with women forbidden from working, healthcare was virtually inaccessible)
- Banned from being involved in politics or speaking publicly.
The Boko Haram is so extreme that not even the extremists condone what they have done. An excellent article in the New York Times explains it far better than I can.
There has been much conjecture and muddled communication about where they are, much to the dismay of their families. You think you child is safe when you send it to school. For these girls, it is not the case.
As any detective will tell you, time is off the essence and the longer their missing, the less likely they will be found. It’s been two weeks.
It’s too long.
I am tired of women being dismissed in some societies, and yet used as pawns in religion ideology. We are not possessions. We must rise to fight this injustice and anything more that come in the future.
It’s not good enough to spend millions on finding a plane and not to fight for these girls. It’s a sad state of affairs that because it is Africa, many people aren’t interested. If 200 California girls went missing, the media would melt down.
The colour of a person’s skin should not affect their value.
Sadly it seems it does.
Make a difference and sign this petition. I know it doesn’t seem like much from here but your voice is important. The louder we yell, the more chance they will finally hear us.