Bring Back Our Girls

I’ve been remiss for not posting something sooner about the more than 200 Nigerian school girls abducted from their school. They were abducted by the Nigerian Muslim terrorist organization Boko Haram.

I’ve never been to Nigeria–my father’s country–and, unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be going anytime soon.

I know I won’t be going anytime soon.

It’s weird to watch countries slide into more unstable terrain. I guess it’s a part of getting older. It’s happening here in Venezuela, it happened in Mexico, it happened in Egypt, and it’s happening in Nigeria.

All I can say is that atrocious acts such as this make me shake my head.

Ignorant people who think education is a sin and that “girls should go off and find a husband” make Nigerians and Muslims look bad.

A media that pays more attention to faux-celebrities’ latest antics than the fact that there was a mass kidnapping makes me shake my head.

The fact that with a slight twist of fate I could easily have been one of those girls makes me shake my head.

I’m a By Any Means Necessary type of person when it comes to getting an education. People pointed out that I had crazy tunnel vision when it came to school and, for the most part, I don’t regret it.

Here are girls who were trying to reach their goals via education, I’m completely with them on that, and here are some men blocking that noble pursuit.

I’m a big fan of single-sex education (my dream college was actually Barnard–an all women’s college in NYC–but Duke offered me more financial aid so I went there…and we all know how that ended up). I wouldn’t mind teaching at an all male or female school. Women tend to dumb down when men are around and men need to be allowed to be fully human (i.e., cry, show emotion, etc…) and not be scared of being considered weak because of it.

I’ve been reading Kristof’s Half the Sky about sex trafficking and other 21st century women’s issues. I can’t say that I’m waiting for a happy ending here.

People can be more brutal than pitbulls, and this ruthless act reminds me of this fact.

All I can say is that I’m hoping, praying, wishing that somehow someway we will be able to Bring Back Our Girls.


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