On October 13, 2016, 913 days after their April 14, 2014 abduction by Boko Haram, 21 of the 276 school girls kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria were released to the Nigerian government by Boko Haram. The Nigerian government contends that the release followed "painstaking" brokered negotiations by the Swiss government on behalf of Nigeria and members of Boko Haram, the world's deadliest terror group.
Martha was suddenly awakened by what had become the all-too-familiar sound of gunshots. Boko Haram, she thought. As she scurried to gather her thoughts, her husband Mark was already rushing their younger, panic-stricken children out of their home in Chibok, Nigeria.
Amina Ali was held captive for two years.
The terrorist group claims some of the girls have been killed in air strikes
It is much easier to sit for nothing than to stand for something. We must act and act with a sense of urgency. We must act as if each girl were our own daughter because she is and the cost of doing nothing is insurmountably high.
Convertible Justice: the Inequitable Currency of Human Life and its Impact on the Missing Chibok Girls of Nigeria.
Justice is not convertible. It bears the resilient and hopeful face of every man, woman and child whose plight, suffering
"Your father had a dream where he saw you walking up a ladder to heaven. My hope is that I will see you here on earth again but if I do not, I know you are in heaven. Please serve God faithfully and I pray that God bring you back to me. I miss you, my daughter."
Today, I shared the Chibok girl's with my little girl. I will preach again on violence towards women and girls because I must not be quiet. Through my tears, I read this article to my husband and am surprised by his emotion.
April 14 marked the second anniversary of the abduction of 276 female students by Boko Haram in Nigeria. While the #BringBackOurGirls campaign mobilized support for the girls globally, not all abduction cases have received the same attention as this particular tragedy.
Two years on, and their parents still wake up each morning not knowing whether their daughters are alive or dead, married or single or violated as slaves. They surely deserve more than a forlorn hope. The girls are now a symbol of our apparent weakness to protect young lives.
We should have the quality of life that our counterparts in civilized quarters enjoy without contemplation. And when that's not provided we should be willing to fight for it. Boko Haram is winning the war on terror and the new president, Muhammadu Buhari who swore to defeat them has failed.
Over 200 girls were captured from a Nigerian boarding school in April 2014. But the kidnapping spree didn’t stop there.
"I write this letter with a heavy heart, knowing you have endured another year separated from your daughters."