Editorial Commentary - By Devin Golston
A very devastating story has arisen as more than 200 Nigerian school girls have been abducted dating back to four weeks ago. This is an extremely sad case that needs to be nationally recognized and handled accordingly. These Nigerian girls have been kidnapped from their seemingly safe school and have been taken into the surrounding sandy scrub by the Islamist sect Boko Haram. There are widespread fears that the girls are being forcibly married off, in which the group’s apparent leader called them slaves and threatened to “sell them in the market” and “marry them out” rather than let them get educations.
Scrutiny of the government's response escalated amid international outrage over the mass abduction, with many asking why Nigeria did not mount a larger response or ask for international help.The United States, Britain, and France have all pledged to lend their expertise in the search for the girls, who were probably taken into the Sambisa Forest. The abduction of the children from their school has sparked condemnation across the globe and campaigns on social media are calling for the girls' release. First lady Michelle Obama expressed "outrage'' Saturday at the recent abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, adding the U.S. was assisting the African nation in the effort to locate and return the children. The hash tag #BringBackOurGirls has become a call to action by many across the social media network including a Facebook news page as well.
As many mothers are left devastated wondering when their daughters will return it has left many all over the world distraught and upset about this circumstance. This is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. This reporter is deeply in sorrow and I hope and pray that matters will be handled swiftly with the girls rescued and brought back to their parents safely. It is of extreme importance to me as I would want justice to be served if a family member of mine had been abducted.