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April 29

Boko Haram & Missing Nigerian Girls

By Ella Miista
Two weeks ago over 200 young girls were abducted from their school in Nigeria by the terrorist organisation Boko Haram. Boko Haram means ‘Western education is forbidden’ and the purpose of the organisation is to overthrow the Nigerian government. Simples. Since 2009 they’ve turned to guns, bombs and simple abductions to achieve their dream of Islamic state ruled by sharia law. They sound like a delightful bunch. While state officials said 130 girls were unaccounted for, the actual number currently stands near 200. That’s after 40 had managed to escape. The men broke into their school dormitory and led the unsuspecting girls to lorries. In an interview to the BBC, one of the escaped students said they were under the impression the men were soldiers there to protect them. You see, most of the other schools in the area were closed due to threats of violence. These girls were the few waiting to take their final year exam the next morning. Upon realising what was happening, many managed to jump off the cars. They are now home, taken by survivor's guilt. The rest are gone without a trace. Last month Amnesty International reported the al-Qaida-linked organisation killed 1500 people this year alone. Half of them were civilians. Boko Haram isn’t picky at all – they don’t differentiate between adults, elderly or children. In February they murdered 59 boys at a boarding school. They shot at them, then they burnt down the school. From their point of view, targeting schools is of course the right thing to do. If you want to enforce something on people, you need to make sure they don’t know any better, right? Whilst in theory Nigeria has plenty of oil to in theory keep everyone happy, as with oil, it's hardly ever the case. People are poor and most can't afford the tuition fees for schools - the country has the world's highest number of kids out of school as it is. According to Chidi Anselm Odinkalu (the chairman of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission) in Northeastern Nigeria only under 5% of students make it to secondary education. As American journalist Eliza Griswold writes, many of the poorest have to go for what are know as almajiri schools. In exchange for their education at the religious schools, students work at their teachers' farms. It is mostly boys from these schools that eventually end up joining the ranks of Boko Haram. Griswold mentions many of the teachers move to slums in large cities as they're no longer able to sustain their farms. You know, what with floods and draughts and stuff. So, instead of the kids working at said farms, they go begging on their behalf. “To make money, corrupt teachers rent out their students to commit acts of violence. In this way, many have become foot soldiers for Boko Haram,” she writes for the Slate. So what's going to happen to the girls now that they're at the hands of uneducated religious extremists? No one knows. Many voice fears the girls could be kept as sex slaves and servants for years to come or just brutally killed, but officials don't really care. The Nigerian military actually announced - in all seriousness! - that all but eight had returned home. If there weren't the parents pleading for help, that would be it. The tragedy of the situation lies in not only the abduction itself but also the appalling apathy. Though the Daily Mail seems to cover only horrible things, it’s not always the case. Of course this isn't to say no one has covered it - just, had these girls been abducted from a school in a Western country, we wouldn’t have read about anything else for the past weeks. Politicians across the world would be making statements and real effort would go into finding them. But, this happened in Nigeria. It's a faraway place that can easily be overlooked and so the search for them couldn’t be more passive. Unlike the South Korean ferry tragedy, this one doesn't have a live camera feed keeping us interested. It feels distant. It shouldn't be so. We shouldn't need pictures or videos of violence and heartbreak to care. It’s difficult to help from the distance but in cases like this, medium can be the message. All we can do is care and raise awareness to pressure officials into doing something. Otherwise we'll just end up repeating history.
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