Thinking of the 200+ Nigerian Girls on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, millions of families will be celebrating their mothers and I will not be exempt from it. As mothers are lauded on this day for all that they do selflessly, every hour of every day, I think of the 200+ Nigerian girls who are still missing.

Since hearing of their kidnapping about two weeks ago, I have followed their story via Twitter and various publications. My initial reaction was one of shock, then fear of how this would end. Attacking schoolgirls because their education was viewed as Western induced and a threat to their culture by Boko Haram, It reminded me of another girl who was attacked for fighting to have an education.

When Malala Yousafzai was attacked by the Taliban, the world responded and she spurred a worldwide movement that showed how her commitment to having an education was stronger than the fear of having it taken away. The attack on Malala was aimed at silencing her, but instead, she fought back and sparked hope and a future to girls all over the world because of it.

On this Mother’s Day, my thoughts are with these girls and the families that have been affected by this attack. As a mom who has a teen, I can’t help but be awed by the mothers whose convictions to find their daughters have resonated with the rest of the world. Their fears and pleas to find them have been heard in every social media outlet. I know that I would do everything I could to fight for my daughter’s life, as I’m sure every mother would.

But what I’m struggling with is the fact that even with all the global attention this attack has attracted, we seem to be nowhere near finding these girls. So many in the Twitterverse have used #BringBackOurGirls, letting their families and the world know that all we want is to have these girls back with their families. Globally, the attack on these girls is an attack to every girl we know and love. The fate of the 200+ Nigerian girls is still unknown and every day that they are not found only adds to the agony their families feel.

On this Mother’s Day, as we all sit and celebrate with our families, I hope that as you look upon your daughters, you will remember these girls from Nigeria, whose parents sent them to school in order to have a better future, but are now fighting for their lives because of their love for learning. Here’s hoping that these girls be found soon and reunited with their families so they can continue to fight for what they love: education. That’s my view on this, what’s yours?

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