Monday, May 26, 2014

Bring Back Our Girls

I can only claim to be mildly educated in regards to worldly news. I understand that this is not something to be proud of, but I find it so much easier to watch a rerun of The Office than to tune into FOX and be bombarded with the tragedies of my country and beyond.
However, I was fortunate enough to be attracted to an article about the recent abduction in Nigeria, and my heart was heavy with sorrow.
I ventured online for I don't know how long in an attempt to silence the voice in my head that was crying at the injustice. I wanted to know everything.
I am sure that most readers are already aware of this, but there is also a number of you who may not know, as some of my friends did not know when I asked them about it.
There are a number of much more extensive, articulate, and educative articles on the internet in which much of the information I am about to summarize may be found, and I encourage anyone who feels what I felt to go on their own and read about it.

On April 15, over 250 young girls were kidnapped from the secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, by the Boko Haram. This terrorist group, whose name literally means "Western/non-Islamic education is a sin" is fundamentally opposed to the westernization of Nigeria. The group believes women should not be privileged an education, and the act of educating women is one of the roots of evil and crime. They are notorious for their slayings and over the top acts of violence and rape, targeted mostly in northern Nigeria.
If murder was not enough, the Boko Haram is deeply rooted in the sex trafficking business.
It absolutely destroys me to imagine these children, stolen from their innocence in the midst of a basic school day, being sold into sex slavery. Humanitarians believe that, if not rescued soon, they face a life of desolation by auction as a child bride or slave.
I became very passionate about their return, and only being able to express myself through art, I created this look. It incorporates an exaggerated version of traditional African makeup, the green, white, and green striped flag of Nigeria on my eyes, and a blacked out lip in tribute to the girls who are stolen and without a voice right now.
I pray from the bottom of my heart that these girls are found, returned home, and will be able to lead lives beyond the disgusting trauma they have had to endure. I also pray that such groups as the Boko Haram are shut down brutally and without mercy. Please do the same!