This Mother’s Day I Pray for Nigeria’s Mothers

Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division Obiageli Ezekwesilieze leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30

Former Nigerian Education Minister and Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division Obiageli Ezekwesilieze leads a march of Nigeria women and mothers of the kidnapped girls of Chibok, calling for their freedom in Abuja on April 30

I am grateful to be able to share this Mother’s Day with my children and grandchildren. But I do so with a heart that prays for the mothers of the more than 300 Nigerian girls who were abducted and the 250 who are still missing.

The girls were abducted and Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has taken public responsibility for the abductions and has threatened to sell the girls. Human rights organizations like Amnesty International have long warned about illegal detentions, torture and deaths in Nigeria but the social media campaign #bringbackourgirls has helped to highlight the latest atrocities.

The ‘bring back our girls’ hashtag was first used by a Nigerian lawyer who tweeted the message during a speech by the vice-president of the World Bank for Africa. Desperate mothers of the missing girls quickly adopted the hashtag.

This week the U.S. sent a team of advisers to Nigeria and it is believed that the U.K., China and France will join them. US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “Our inter-agency team is hitting the ground in Nigeria now and they are going to be working in concert with President Goodluck Jonathan’s government to do everything we can to return these girls to their families and their communities.”

This Mother’s Day my prayers are with those Nigerian mothers whose souls must be aching for the return of their daughters.

http://ibwppi.org

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Comments

  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    We have an even greater problem here at home. A tragedy equivalent to this one in Nigeria happens here every month. According to FBI statistics, Atlanta ranks among the top 14 cities in the United States for domestic minor sex trafficking. And some 300 girls across Atlanta are lured into trafficking every month.

    Let’s pray for the local mothers as well.

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