After reading horrific news reports surrounding the lives of 219 girls from Chibok, Nigeria– and countless more, from all over both the Northern and Southern regions of Nigeria– I am filled with an angry, bitter grief.
Over the holiday season, there was much news to be had. #BringBackOurGirls protesters took to the streets of Abuja city, calling for residents and the president to both remember the Chibok girls and to advocate for their rescue/release. Though they were barricaded from entering Jonathan’s presidential villa, these protesters succeeded in making their voices heard early Christmas morning.
As discussed in this article, the Chibok girls’ abduction has become a symbol of fundamentalist Islam’s fear of educating women. This fear stems from the fact that educated women are harder to control– and in a religion like Islam, where it’s success is based upon how much oppressive control it has on it’s people– the idea of women being less dependent upon the controlling men in their lives is hugely threatening. Continue reading