(Written by Zaimal Azad for A Room of our Own)
On 14th April 2014, more than 200 Nigerian girls were kidnapped from their school in the middle of the night. Almost three weeks later, they are still missing, no proper information has been provided to their families by the government and no real attempts have been made at searching for them. In fact, even the number of girls abducted remains under dispute – low estimates are 150, the highest figure is around 270. We don’t know their names, their ages. They are nameless, faceless missing black girls – and in this racist, patriarchal world, who cares about black girls?
It is only now, almost THREE weeks later, that the world is starting to wake up to this. The same media which played news stories about a missing plane on repeat for weeks is only now starting to talk about these missing girls who are still alive and could be saved. We need to talk about these girls and we need to stand with them and their families. Every single one of them had a life, dreams and ambitions. Please don’t let them become statistics like all other girls around the world who are trafficked, killed and abused.
#BringBackOurGirls protests and vigils are being organised all around the world in solidarity with the girls and their families. Happening next week:
6th May – Manchester
7th May – Nottingham and potentially Liverpool
Please try organise a vigil for the same day/week in your city/town – coordinated demonstrations could work really well in sending out a strong message. The WEAR RED campaign is also encouraging people to wear red on 7th May and send pictures with messages of support to be forwarded to the girls’ families. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WEAR-RED-Education-for-all-women-girls/443515869084916?notif_t=page_new_likes
These images were taken at the demonstration at the Nigerian embassy in London Saturday May 3 protesting the kidnap, rape and trafficking of 276 young women in Nigeria.