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245 DAYS GONE: WHERE ARE OUR GIRLS? #BBOG

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Today marks 245 days since our Chibok 200+ schoolgirls were kidnapped from their dorm by the misguided, extremist sect, Boko Haram. Our bouquet of rose was snatched brazenly in a state supposedly under emergency rule in Borno, North-Eastern Nigeria; the hearth of the insurgency. What’s more grieving is the fact that the girls were on the verge of leaving high school! 245 days later and most of our girls are not back. Tell us when will our cry: #BringBackOurGirls become a joyful reality!

Recently, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) declared 2014 as the most traumatizing and devastating year for children across the globe due to increasing and surging global conflict. And the Chibok 200+ school girls abduction is a glaring example to buttress the assertion. Only in our imagination can we conjure the anguish the girls have gone through. No doubt, they’ve been sexually violated, battered, enslaved; and possibly brainwashed and hypnotized into suicide bombers as shown by recent bombing perpetrated by the sect which are done by women (girls).

The Chibok kidnap is just a tip of the iceberg as nubile girls and young women are abducted serially by the sect and others to be used as slaves and body shield. Certainly this is an attack on feminine dignity and womanhood – the womb of humanity. And sadly, our state and the world has done very little to stem this ugly tide.

It is not enough to engage in word-filled diplomacy – playing to the gallery. We must match our vaulted diplomacy with needful action. We must fight the root cause of insurgency and factors that make young girls and women easy prey for abduction and manipulation for terrorist acts. We must #BringBackOurGirls

   ELVIS-WURA TOWOLAWI

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