#BringBackOurGirls: Keep Hope Alive For The Missing Girls In Nigeria
I am normally reserved when it comes to social justice issues—not that I don't believe in activism, it's just I usually go about my involvement quietly or in less discreet ways. However, something has caught my attention that I can't seem to shake.
Many of you are aware of events that took place in Nigeria back in mid-April, where over 276 young girls, between the ages of 15 to 18 years old, both Christian and Muslim alike, were kidnapped by extremists simply because these girls were getting an education.
If you want to read more in depth details about this incident, New York Times columnist, Nicolas Kristof, wrote an article on this atrocity here: 'Bring Back Our Girls'
Today the Nigerian government has asked for help from the United States government. Relevant has an article on this developing story: "Nigerian President Asks U.S. to Help Find Kidnapped Girls."
But what can we do to help advocate for these girls?
Should we keep silent and assume world governments will be on top of this? My answer is no—we need to be a voice for the voiceless, and keep hope alive for these young women! You are not helpless. You can make a difference.
Social media entrepreneur and social justice activist/advocate, Shaun King, recently started tweeting the names of the missing girls on his Twitter account. As Shaun has indicated in the tweet above, we need to fight for their rescue and advocate for them.
You can follow along with Shaun King's tweets here: @ShaunKing.
As a dad of two girls, I can only imagine what fathers in Nigeria are going through... As a dad of two daughters, I am outraged and sickened by this evil!
Somethings you can do to help...
I want to encourage all my readers to take timeout of your busy schedules and read through Shaun's tweets and pray for the missing girls and remember their names. Pray for them and their families. Pray for their kidnappers, that they will release them.
If you're on Twitter, follow Shaun King (@ShaunKing) and retweet the names of the girls he is tweeting. Write your congress person and tell them you want them to get involved, and the list could go on and on...