There are 200 girls screaming. Right now. Can you hear them? Are you listening? Do not ignore their screams. They need us.
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that we can’t do anything to help them. What can moms in the United States possibly do? We aren’t going to be hiking the terrain and searching for them. We can’t parachute in and rescue them. There’s no place to send a check or supplies. If there is nothing to do, then I guess we just go on living our lives and hope for the best.
That can not be an option. Close your eyes. What do you think they are doing right now? Listen. Do you hear them screaming?
They are scared. They are being sold as sex slaves by the evil that kidnapped them. In a video, someone claiming to be the leader of Boko Haram (loosely translated that means “Western education is sin”) said this, “I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah,” he said. “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell . . . . Girls, you should go and get married.”
These young girls have fought to become educated in a town in Nigeria where, according to Kristen Howerton, 72% of the population never attends elementary school. They aspired to be lawyers, educators and doctors. They did this knowing the danger. They did this to make a difference. To become more than the women before them have been allowed to be. To fight for those girls born after them.
Listen. Do you hear them screaming?
There is something we can do for these girls. We can scream with them. As loud and as long as we need to. Scream until we are heard. Scream until they are heard. Scream until every one of these beautiful lives are accounted for and brought home.
Do NOT let their screams be ignored.
Scream it in your social media feeds. Scream it to your friends on Facebook and in real life. Scream it at the news outlets every chance you get. DEMAND that they scream with us. Scream it at the pediatrician’s office. The dentist. The grocery store. Scream it at the water cooler, in the carpool line. Make sure everyone you meet ALL DAY LONG starts screaming with us.
It is our responsibility as women, mothers and daughters to fight for these girls. Do not let their screams be silenced because they give up and succumb to a life of slavery. Let us silence their screams by saving them.
We can make a difference together. Me MUST make a difference together.
There is something you can do besides hope. You can make a difference. Use your voice and scream.
For more information on these girls and the situation, I highly recommend you read Kristen Howerton’s post, Why Girls in Nigeria Should Matter to You.