Sunday, May 29, 2022

Boko Haram’s action elicit terror

In Setswana when something trying happens to one’s child there is an expression used, “Thoba yame baba,” which literally translates as “My nipple is itchy.”

It is a metaphor for the pain and discomfort felt by a mother when her off-spring undergoes a trying period. One can only imagine what the families of the Nigerian girls who have been kidnapped are going through.

Nigerian Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, have taken human trafficking a few notches higher on the terror scale by abducting over 300 school girls in the most inhumane manner possible, with guns blazing gun n the middle of the night.

Reading the reports of the events as they unfold, one can’t help but feel the grisly events seem a little too much like a plot for a Hollywood blockbuster film.

The sad reality, however, is that young girls have been yanked from their families and life as they have know it has ceased. Now their future lies in the hands of these terrorists who have very little regard for human life.

It’s every little girl’s dream to grow up, get married, start a family and live happily ever after. To have all that taken from you in such a brutal, violent manner at such a tender age is traumatic for those who will survive this ordeal.

What can be more brutal? The innocence of the victims, the manner in which they were abducted or the fact that their parents, communities and the international community go to bed every night knowing that there are over 260 innocent young girls at the mercy of terrorists who are holding them at ransom for their own political benefits.

The first thoughts that go through my mind every time I switch on the television and see reports showing support is: Are they warm? Where are they sleeping? Do they have proper feminine supplies? Though menial, these are some of the most crucial factors crucial for the overall health and sanity for all females in the human race.

There has been an international outcry from across the globe showing extreme contempt for these vicious acts against humanity.

“This event provoked a variety of emotions and responses in many, however, the ability to take effective action still evades many of us. Keeping the issue alive within our homes, communities and media and consistently linking it back to a human rights violation is a concrete step,” says Erin Williams, Gender Advisor at the World University Service of Canada (WUSC)-Botswana.

The morbid reality as stated in this year’s International Labor Organization (ILO) report is that over 1.2 million children have been trafficked worldwide.

Boko Haram is notorious for forcibly recruiting minors through abduction for various purposes including the sex slave trade, intelligence gathering, military and blowing up monuments like schools and churches.

It’s been a little over a month since these girls have been kidnapped. In the local Nigerian, Hausa language, Boko Haram means “Western education is forbidden”. So this abduction was merely a terrorist outburst since the abduction was from a Christian school offering Western education.


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