Holy Hormones Journal: How is it that almost 300 girls can be abducted from school and not found? It is over 3 weeks – and yet no progress? What happened to these girls? Yet how common is this issue? Maybe not 300 girls abducted at one time (this is as unrealistic as the Malaysian jetliner disappearing off the face of the earth), but according to the United Nations, over 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of ‘gendercide’. According to Evan Grae Davis, producer of It’s A Girl documentary is more than all of the fatalities in all wars
combined, plus the masses killed in the Holocaust.
In India, China and other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls.In Nigeria they are abducted. Phyllis Chesler raises an important issue in her May 12 article on this atrocity –
The entire world is focused on the captured Nigerian girls, many scenarios have been envisioned–and yet there is at least one issue no one has raised: That it is entirely possible that these poor girls have also been genitally mutilated. If so, that means that their rapes will be doubly torturous and traumatizing.
And make no mistake: They will be raped by their captors on their “wedding” night and/or over and over again by strangers if they are trafficked into a brothel.
Chesler backs up her claims with facts. She cites UNICEF, government and medical reports that state there are over 30 million genitally mutilated girls and women in Nigeria – which is approximately 41% of the population.
Mutilated, raped, sold into brothels – virginity lost – forever shamed. There is no punishment great enough for the terrorists who destroyed the lives of these girls – and their families.
And if what has happened in Nigeria seems like its world’s away from your life – remember if it happens to one woman – it happens to all of us. And it could be your daughter who may be taken next.
Millions of children are being preyed upon.
Over 100,000 U.S. children every year are forcefully engaged in prostitution or pornography.
The UN estimates that nearly 4,000,000 individuals are trafficked each year, with a disproportionate number of children and women in the sex trade.
Let these poor girl’s stolen lives be a wake-up call to all women.
The Troubled Search for Nigeria’s Stolen Girls
The New Yorker
May 7, 2014
Posted by Alexis Okeowo
Last Sunday, twenty days after the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than three hundred girls from a school in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan spoke at length about the abduction publicly for the first time. He admitted that he did not know where Boko Haram was holding the girls and proceeded to place some of the blame on their parents for not providing a “clear identity” for their missing daughters. He denied rumors that there were any ongoing negotiations between the government and the militants. Despite all this, he said that wherever the girls were, he would rescue them, and that the government was “succeeding” in its war against the terrorists. For those Nigerians who doubted his sincerity, he described how he would frown whenever he heard of Boko Haram attacks while attending church. Eight more girls were abducted on Sunday from a northeastern village, by gunmen believed to be Boko Haram.
Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, made a series of similarly dramatic and incoherent statements about the girls. She had announced her intention to join the rallies that Nigerians, including mothers of the kidnapped girls, had held in Chibok, Maiduguri, Abuja, and Lagos in recent days. (“If they don’t release our girls, then they should be ready to kidnap me,” she said.) She then told protesters to stop their marches. On Sunday, the First Lady met with protest leaders—who were then arrested the next day. The First Lady allegedly accused them of belonging to Boko Haram themselves, and fabricating the schoolgirl abductions to embarrass her husband’s government. The same day, Boko Haram released a video in which the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, said, “I have your girls. By Allah, I will sell them in the market.” Parents continue to hear rumors that members of the group are using their daughters as sex slaves. I spoke to a number of those parents, and to some of the girls who escaped. Their stories, unlike those coming from the government, have a painful consistency to them.