Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? #BringBackOurGirls

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the 234 girls that were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria.  And I’m also sure that you’ve heard about the Nigerian government’s lackadaisical response, especially in light of the fact that many of these girls are being sold into sex slavery.  It may seem that this tragedy is worlds away–it is some 6000 miles from my home here in Omaha, NE–but our distance is a null point when it comes to what we have in common.

As parents and as human beings, we have to stand in solidarity with the parents of the those 234 girls.  They need to know that although we are seemingly a million miles away, we have their daughters–our sisters-in our prayers and on our minds.

While I am outraged, shocked and hurt that in two weeks+, very little progress has been made in returning these girls to their homes, I’m hanging on to hope that tomorrow the headline will read differently than it has been reading.  That it will say”234 Nigerian Girls Rescued and Returned Home.”  That we can then move the focus from finding these girls, to implementing policies and procedures that ensure that this type of thing does not happen again. Ever.

I’m hopeful, but not naive.

So, what can we do?

The reach is limited, I admit, but please take a moment to sign the petition to demand the Nigerian government to do more than what they have been doing.



  1. May 6, 2014 / 1:48 am

    Yes. We cannot let this slide under the rug. I hope the voices of outrage across the world are heard.

    • Vaneese Pattman
      May 6, 2014 / 2:44 pm

      I’m in total agreement, Madra. I do not want to see this become yesterday’s news and these girls become an afterthought. Please spread the word wherever you can. Thanks for commenting!

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