"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
BRING BACK OUR GIRLS!
This is the message I’ve been trying to shout from the rooftops for the past week.
By now most people have heard about the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted from their dorms by a militant Islamic group called Boko Haram (translation: Western Education is Taboo). Boko Haram has said that they will sell the girls as bride-slaves for $12 each.
I felt so helpless, frustrated, and furious when I heard this. What could anyone possibly do to bring these girls safely home – especially since no one seems to know where to find them? Short of booking a flight to Nigeria and trying to hunt these guys down, what can you or I realistically do? I became so aggravated with my own inability and powerlessness. And honestly, I feel that way about any human trafficking atrocities that are taking place, including the injustices in my own community.
But I have a proposition for you – let’s make some waves! Let’s start talking about this thing. We have so much more power than we give ourselves credit for. We can generate awareness, spark conversations, we can speak out our demand for justice, we can share the news articles out there on our social media profiles, on our blogs, on our websites. Our interest in the plight of these schoolgirls gives world leaders a reason to care and take action. We the people have a powerful voice and are hard to ignore when we unite for a cause.
I’m a firm believer that when we choose to do nothing to uphold justice we are siding with evil. If we don’t speak out for those who’s voices have been taken away, who will speak for them? If we don’t stand up for the defenseless, who will demand their right to justice and freedom? These are our girls. We are intrinsically bound by our humanity, and their freedom is as valuable as the freedom of any American girls.
So here’s my heart-felt plea to you – please talk to your friends and family about this, please share the stories of these girls, please write to your political representatives, please pray for their safe return. Our interest in this can change lives half a world away. In the last week I’ve already seen the tide starting to turn – more of my friends are sharing links, the White House has taken notice of this, the US has pledged to support Nigeria in finding the girls. How incredible! So let’s keep up the momentum.
Thank you, truly from the bottom of my heart.