Churchill Square Edmonton

I can’t remember ever being part of a rally, not in university, not ever in my life. But I’m glad I joined the #BringBackOurGirls rally in Edmonton on May 7 to help spread awareness about the 300+ schoolgirls who were kidnapped from their boarding school by Boko Haram. The rally was emotional and there were times I had to fight tears from rolling down my face every time I imagined what ordeal the kidnapped girls could be going through. Questions ran through my mind that no government or media outlet had true answers for, questions I couldn’t even comprehend. I nearly cried each time I imagined what the girls looked like, things their family and friends jokingly teased them about—what hopes and dreams they had. It was emotional every time I yelled “BRING BACK OUR GIRLS” as we marched around Churchill Square with signs and noisy instruments. It was a powerful campaign thanks to everyone who came to show their support.

The #BringBackOurGirls campaign is gaining a lot of momentum around the world. High profile celebrities, powerful politicians and regular folks all are lending their support to the campaign. I really hope all of our efforts won’t be in vain. I hope the girls are rescued safely.

There’s an overwhelming amount of information out there right now about the kidnapped Nigerians schoolgirls, and some of what you may have read might be confusing, conflicting, but definitely unsettling whichever way you look at it. This devastating situation in Nigeria is like an onion, you really have to peel back the tear-inducing layers to get to the truth. Yes there’s a layer of classism, race, political shenanigans, government corruption, gender inequality, greed and hatred, imperialism, and resource robbery. Those are the issues surround the kidnapping. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign is about the global community coming together to do something about the tragedy: spread awareness and encourage governments to take action. It’s about humanity.

I pray and hope the international spotlight on the situation—whether that’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blogs and all other social networks—helps. I really hope my fellow Nigerian sisters are brought to safety soon.

It doesn’t matter who rescues them. Someone has to.

~ by omonaij on May 11, 2014.

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