When 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their dormitory in Chibok on April 14, 2014, many in the western world were outraged and demanded justice. Sadly, although about 70 girls managed to escape the grips of the Boko Haram terrorists, little if anything was done to rescue the remaining victims.
According to accounts, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s first order of business was to contact the Washington DC based public relations firm Levick to shore up his own presidential image. Jonathan did not make an official comment about the travesty until May 4th, nearly three weeks after the kidnapping.
In a video released on May 5, the current leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau claimed that it was his right to take prisoners to use as slaves. He claimed in the video that “Allah instructed me to treat them like infidels and sell them…” which translated means the girls had already been tortured and then sold to members of the Boko Haram.
Another video was released soon afterwards showing of a group of girls of similar age, who appeared to be in good physical condition, reciting verses from the Koran. The video was supposed to portray the prisoners as healthy and happy. However, there were two significant problems with the video; one, the parents of the missing girls didn’t recognize any of the children being shown and two, the abducted girls had been studying Christianity and western education, not the Koran, leading authorities to believe the video was a farce.
Two weeks ago when four school girls set off four separate suicide bombs, there was little doubt that the exploded girls had been among those stolen from the dormitory on that fateful night. That revelation sent the Nigerian population into renewed fears because of the certainty that the abducted girls are being tortured into submission and slavery. It also heightens concerns about general public safety since women and children have not been previously considered suicide bombers and thus can easily maneuver into public places without drawing suspicion.
Joanne Moudy is the author of “The Tenth,” a paranormal thriller exploring the very real trauma of abortion in a fictional realm. She proudly served as an officer in the military for nine years, before specializing in emergency nursing until retirement. She speaks regularly on the subjects of religious freedom, traditional marriage, and pro-life, and the impact of liberalism and secularism on all of humanity. You can follow her on Twitter @composedof1.