301 Days Later

It is now 301 days since Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from the Government Secondary School in Borno State, Nigeria. Fifty seven subsequently escaped, which means that 219 are still captive. Stories of their enslavement, forced conversion to Islam (most of the girls were Christian) and other horrors have circulated widely, but the #BringBackOurGirls campaign which briefly attracted celebrity support has largely fallen silent. Other stories have captured the imagination of internet-users.

It should be a source of deep shame to the Nigerian government that so little seems to have been done to track down the girls’ kidnappers. There are even reports that the Nigerian police have attempted to shut down protests in Abuja about the failure to act. With elections now postponed for what is widely seen to be motives of political expediency, oughtn’t there to be international pressure exerted on President Goodluck Jonathan to address this matter? The people of the north-east are, for the most part, desperately poor. The girls sent to Chibok to be educated represent the best hope of their parents to achieve a better life for their children. Let us support them with our prayers and do whatever we can to ensure that each one of those 219 missing girls is returned to freedom and safety. If no one else cares, we should.

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4 thoughts on “301 Days Later”

  1. Indeed – and yes just as you suggested in your blog for the Feast of St Agatha the media is most selective and morally culpable in what is of interest to it to propagate to us all as ‘news.’

  2. I hesitate to pass comment here but I have worked in/visited Nigeria. The respect for life itself is at best poor.Considerations on religious grounds are no better from one side or the other.
    You are , of course, correct in worrying about the future. There are good and sensible people in Nigeria but the warring tribes take preference.
    Prayer as you say is the only hope for much of our world.

  3. How saddened Jesus must have been, hanging on the cross, and seeing the sins of mankind that He was taking upon Himself and asking the Father to forgive them-us. We still, instinctively it seems, or reflexively, strike back – or want to. Professed Christians are taught that is not the way. The oft heard question, “What would Jesus Do? ” seems to be suspended when our ire is up, failing to realise that allowing our ire to guide our behaviour is just inside the edge of “Thou shalt not kill” Instead, we develop crusty hardened consciences that don’t really care what Jesus would do or even pause to consider our part in creating a hare filled world.
    The Prince of Peace, the title once ascribed to the Emperor Augustus, is another casualty in the world of every man for himself and let the devil take the hindmost.
    What a burden released it must have been to commend His soul to the Father and leave this place to await judgement and woe to us that do not at least pray and put down our stones for we are not without sins – any of us.

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