I saw this picture and i couldnt help but share. The woman in the picture is one of the parents of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls. Martha Mark holds up a photograph of her daughter Monica who has been gone for almost two months with more than two hundred others.
I can only imagine the pain, fear and agony that the parents of these girls are experiencing. To wake up everyday, knowing that your daughter is missing and at the mercy of radical Islamic terrorists. What more could be more agonizing? One of the parents of the girls, Mary Paul Lalai even collapsed and died of heart attack after she got the news of the girls abduction.
There have been the #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS campaign and demonstrations and social media hastag activism, political tensions, option of dialogue, international intervention but our girls are still missing. The parents of these girls do not really care about all these, all they want is that their daughters be brought back to them.
The recent video released by Boko Haram showed the terrified girls saying that they have been abducted forecefully and aren’t getting enough food. It was tremendously heartbreaking to hear on of the girls say, “i never expected to suffer so much in my life.”
The hope that foreign countries like Britain, US and France brought along when they sent teams to join the search is now waning. The fear of never seing their daughters again is choking up their parents. They desperately hope each day to see their daughters return but end each day disappointed. Some ask themselves, “what did i do wrong? was it sending my daughter to school? is that my offence?”
Another fear the parents of these kidnapped girls face is the uncertainty of whether their daughters are infact still in Nigeria or have been trafficked to other countries. Recent reports suggest that only a small group of the girls are still in Nigeria and that majority have been trafficked to neighbouring Chad and Cameroon.
Its been almost two months of anguish for the parent of these girls. We arent even getting reasonable news of their wherabouts and progress of the search. The parents are worry-weary! We join our hearts and voices with them to demand that everything possible should be done to get these girls back. They have committed no offence, they only wanted to get an education.