Calling all Asian girls: Help the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

At the end of last month (April), Nigeria’s militant group “Boko Haram “(which means Western education is sin) kidnapped more than two hundred 16 to 18 year-old female student in Nigeria, just because they thought girls should not accept Western education. These girls are likely to be sold cheaply to neighbouring countries, and be forced into marriage or sex trafficking. There are only 50 students who were able to escape on their own; the government did not rescue any other girls. However, this incident is not a one-off event; “Boko Haram ” has killed thousands of people, mainly targetting students in Nigeria. Following the large-scale abduction, Boko Haram continues to kidnap students. This incident has caused international outrage. And the petition #BringBackOurGirls was created and have been jointly signed by many people (e.g. Amnesty). This is to call for the governments from Nigeria, European countries and the USA to take action to save the students.

Internationally, there are support from many politicians, well-known public figures, and celebrities, e.g. British Prime Minister David Cameron, the U.S. president’s wife Michelle Obama, Hollywood celebrities Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Emma Watson. Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway has been seen on the street with the company of her husband, holding loud speakers, in response to the # BringBackOurGirls movement.

The international protests and processions are all in response to mums whose daughters were abducted in Nigeria, and the angry people from Nigeria. This is an outcry, in request for the global community to be united in order to bring back the girls.

Today, female students have raised the idea of a march of school girls in every city and town, all around the world on the 22nd of May (this Thursday), in response to the abduction of 273 Nigerian students. With 230 still missing, this march also a promotes children’s’ right to education and personal security! (http://bringbackourgirls.us/school-girl-march/)

Please tell your friends, tell your family, and tell your school.

In addition to signing a petition or joining a march, you can create your own campaign and send the photo(s) to Asian Girl Campaign so that we can assist you in promoting your message. (https://www.facebook.com/girlflygoh)

For more information, see www.BringBackOurGirls.us website

Caption: Students of the Burwood Girl’s High School of Australia supporting the abducted students in Nigeria

Caption: Students of the Burwood Girl’s High School of Australia supporting the abducted students in Nigeria

#BringBackOurGirls marches on the 22nd of May, calling all female students

#BringBackOurGirls marches on the 22nd of May, calling all female students

Hollywood celebrity Anne Hathaway responding to the abduction on the street

Hollywood celebrity Anne Hathaway responding to the abduction on the street

The students of the Balboa Academy in the Republic of Panama: Would you notice if I/we were missing?

The students of the Balboa Academy in the Republic of Panama: Would you notice if I/we were missing?

The Garden of Hope Foundation responding to the abduction: Criticizing any action to assault the right of education and personal security for girls, and demanding the extremist group “Boko Haram” to release the abducted girls immediately.

The Garden of Hope Foundation responding to the abduction: Criticizing any action to assault the right of education and personal security for girls, and demanding the extremist group “Boko Haram” to release the abducted girls immediately.

Speaking out against the Nigerian kidnapping

Poem by an Asian Girl

Speak up

Syeda Rumana Mehdi, Associate Editor, The Peace Gong & ‘A’ Level (Cambridge System), The Lyceum School

Mongolian Young Lady Supporting the Nigerian Girls

Mongolian Young Lady Supporting the Nigerian Girls

I saw you standing there,

Looking at me while I shed tears of despair,

You just stood and watched with unblinking eyes,

You watched as no one paid any heed to my cries,

You witnessed everything that happened,

You stared as my steady grip on hope slackened,

I waited for you to come forward and rescue me,

But your white lips are all that I see,

Your silence was worse than a vicious sword,

This insensitive silence will never reap any reward,

How can you quietly watch this barbaric act?

Why don’t you do something to keep my honor intact?

More sex slaves,

more prostitution and more degradation of the daughters of Eve,

You burn irreplaceable holes in the tapestry of love and happiness that we weave,

I don’t know what the future holds,

Probably an agonizing life of torture from what I’m told,

I’ll die a thousand deaths every day,

My charred soul will be a spectacle to display,

Because of your silence,

happiness and love from 300 lives shall be lost,

Yet you don’t realize what your uncaring attitude can cost,

We raise our quivering hands towards Heaven and pray,

That at least one of you shall have something to say,

Help us become the phoenix that is reborn from its ashes,

Otherwise we’ll become the sand castles that cease to exist every time a vicious wave crashes.

For more excellent articles by Asian girls, visit “The Peace Gong” Website (http://thepeacegong.org/) and “The Peace Gong” Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Peace-Gong/187829521307498.