6 months on, We Remember the over 250 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram
Alicia Keys added another feather to her humanitarian cap today when she took to the streets of New York to lead a rally in remembrance of the over 250 girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno state by Boko Haram exactly 6 months ago.
The pregnant singer lent her voice to the campaign as New Yorkers gathered at the Nigerian embassy to call for more action by the Nigerian government to rescue the girls- some of whom have actually managed to escape captivity.
Keys posted on her Instagram page, “On my lil guys birthday I stand with the mothers of Chibok!! We can’t ignore 6 months of this tragedy!! What if it was you or me? I want to remind you that in this darkness, your voice matters! #BringBackOurGirlsNOW!! Let’s do something about this. I’ve signed this, now you! Sign this petition and make your voices heard: (link in bio).
The rally ran concurrently with the Nigeria branch of BBOG campaign with former Government minister Oby Ezekwesili leading the rally at Unity Fountain in Abuja.
— oby ezekwesili (@obyezeks) October 14, 2014
Each passing day the girls spend in captivity only heightens concerns about their safety and well-being as fears that they may have been sold off, forcibly married off and being subjected to sexual abuse continue to grow.
There is already evidence of this as one of the girls who turned up in Maiduguri after being allegedly dropped off at a police station by the terrorist group was already pregnant and so traumatized, she couldn’t remember details of her captivity or her life before.
The Nigerian government says it’s doing everything within its power to free the girls, but even with military help from countries including the UK and US, the girls are still missing and many question whether President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is prioritising the rescue of the girls as Nigerian politicians gear up for the upcoming general elections next year.
The social media campaign which propelled the plight of the girls into western media also appears to have lost steam as each day passes by without the return of the girls who were snatched from their dormitories by Boko Haram. Many of them were merely teenagers.