By: Rachel Auslander
On April 14, 2014, 270 girls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists. It has been one year since this tragic event, and 230 girls are still missing. This year, April 14 will be a day to protest for action to end violence in schools, and increase the protection of schoolgirls. Boko Haram has killed thousands of people, and wreaked havoc in Africa for many years. Girls work so hard just for the chance to be educated, and continue to work hard at their schools. They are brave enough to leave their homes, but then things like this happen which is not okay. The 230 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram still need to be rescued. There has not been enough international outrage over this, and their rescue needs to be a priority now. Letting girls be kidnapped simply shows the world that girls don’t matter in education systems and society.
Just a few days ago, on April 2, Al Shabaab, a group of Somali terrorists, attacked a university in Eastern Kenya, killing 147 people. Unless the world mobilizes to stop violence and terrorist attacks in schools, these terrible events will not end. Education opens up innumerable opportunities for girls, and investing in girls benefits everyone. Bringbackourgirls.us is organizing numerous marches and telling people to wear red on April 15 to publicly display that the world needs to take action.
People have forgotten about the Twitter campaign, #bringbackourgirls, which was great for showing support and raising awareness, but did not accomplish anything else. Actions speak louder than words, and words are all we have spoken. No action has been taken to rescue the girls or prevent terrible things from occurring at schools in the future. The most powerful weapon in the world is a girl with a book, and we can’t forget that.