A few weeks ago, I wrote a post to express commitment to not forget the girls and women who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram over the last several months. Today I saw this article and I got excited. Sixty girls and women have escaped. That’s great news – news that shouldn’t have to happen in the first place, but still, it’s good to hear this news. And then I realized that these girls and women are part of another group of survivors kidnapped by Boko Haram. This is not to take away from the relief the news brings that some of those kidnapped have escaped. It’s just that … it made me realize how many more women and girls have been kidnapped and that this is still going on. And that there are a large group of girls (children) who have been missing now for 83 days. That is almost three months that these girls have been enduring what can only be a nightmarish experience. April doesn’t feel that long ago. And it isn’t. But still, early spring has transformed into full on summer. A friend and a family member have respectively had a baby. My sister took a trip to South Africa and came back. All these things have happened during this time that these missing girls have remained… missing. And if when you stop and think about all that has transpired in the past 83 days, it may start to feel like a long time. And imagine how long it must feel for these girls.
Like I said in my last post about Nigeria, I don’t think it hurts to keep those girls in mind and for the media to check in about them. They’ve largely gone off most Americans’ radars. And yet they’re still out there, probably in even more dire of a situation. I can’t help but think that it is possible for increased global attention to aid their safe return. Let’s hope, and at least try.