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Opinion: Why no international effort for 200 kidnapped girls?

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If it had happened anywhere else, this would be the world’s biggest story.

More than 230 girls disappeared, captured by members of a brutal terrorist group in the dead of night. Their parents are desperate and anguished, angry that their government is not doing enough. The rest of the world is paying little attention.

Frida Ghitis

The tragedy is unfolding in Nigeria, where members of the ultra-radical Islamist group Boko Haram grabbed the girls, most believed to be between 16 and 18, from their dormitories in the middle of the night in mid-April and took them deep into the jungle. A few dozen of the students managed to escape and tell their story. The others have vanished. (Roughly 200 girls remain missing.)

The latest reports from people living in the forest say Boko Haram fighters are sharing the girls, conducting mass marriages, selling them each for $12. One community elder explained the practice as “a medieval kind of slavery.”

While much of the world has been consumed with other stories, notably the missing Malaysian plane, the relatives of the kidnapped girls in the small town of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria have struggled for weeks with no resources to help them. The Nigerian government allayed international concerns when it reported — incorrectly — that it had rescued most of the girls. But the girls were still in captivity. Their parents raised money to arrange private expeditions into the jungle. They found villagers who had seen the hostages with heavily armed men.

Relatives are holding street protests to demand more help from the government. With a social media push, including a Twitter #BringBackOurGirls campaign, they are seeking help anywhere they can find it.

Nigerians demand government do more to save abducted girls

It’s hard to imagine a more compelling, dramatic, heartbreaking story. And this is not a one-off event. This tragedy is driven by forces that will grow stronger and deadlier if the captors manage to succeed.

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  1. Felicia A Munford

    May 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    So Sad, God help us!

  2. Chinua dean

    May 3, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    We all understand why the rest of the world
    Couldn’t care less. I pray for their safe return.
    We as black people, American or other wise, don’t belong
    Here, on this planet.

  3. Blank

    May 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Where is the self appointed black leaders? Funny how they run to go buy the clippers team, but not one metioned this issue. What is the next step to get them resources?

  4. Shannah

    May 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Chinua dean,

    Exactly, where do we belong?

  5. Sistagirl from the Boogie Down Bronx

    May 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

    What is the UN saying?

  6. J. D. Hill

    May 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    We can talk about what others [i.e. whites] are not doing about black problems at home and abroad. But what are we doing for our own?

    Can we not organize to help ourselves? Or, is “black folk not sticking together” still a proverbial problem? Is there a black group anywhere in America that’s ready, willing, and able to do something about recuing these black African girls? Is there such a white group? What about the black sororities?

    At the least, we can write letters to the President and voice our outrage. He knows how to send covert advisors into Nigeria to get these girls back home and to compel the Nigerian government to jail the kidnappers for the rest of their lives.

    • Amazing Grace

      May 4, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Yes we can write our elected officials and express ours concerns, but are there enough black missionaries out here with the willingness to go and recuse?

      • Regina

        May 14, 2014 at 12:56 am

        Why missionaries? What are they going to use? The Bible? Get real.

  7. Black_Opulance

    May 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Simple = The dominant society allocates it media resources to WHITE SUPREMACY…

  8. Domingo A. Torres

    May 4, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I personally think that all your comments are wrong. There is nothing more sad than losing your child to arm militant kidnappers. However one must think about what Nigeria did to its own kindred who are gay. Are they any different than the girls that were kidnapped. People in the West and Europe are becoming less caring and cold about what is going in Africa as a whole. Africans have declared that they will do as they please in that it is their country and we should not interfere in their internal affairs and now you are crying for help from the international community in this matter. What is good for gander and is good for the goose. This is God’s answer to your evil consensus in what you have done to the LGBT community and there will be more unfortunate incidents of such. Your woes will not end until you repeal those anti-gay laws and restore the universal human rights that your country signed and violated. Tony aka DJ Sunday Towers God’s DJ Conscience; The Truth Be Told

  9. Liz

    May 5, 2014 at 2:23 am

    We all know that genicide in Rwanda of millions was ignored by the world. It is so sad to see this happening to these young girls, rape, brutality, and slavery is nothing new to black people and even sadder when we do it to each other. The UN watched in Rwanda and everywhere else “black folks” were being killed. It is a disgrace. Where is the Red Cross, or any Peace groups? I will be writing, speaking and praying for the. I have been in many African countries and I have the beauty and brutality of Africa.

  10. ELois P. Clayton

    May 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

    This is the SAME sort senerio that played out on a DATELINE episode when the host went out in a dark field where children (as young as 6 months old), were being kept for sexual perverts;dressed in their suits, which included “doctors”, “lawyers:, etc.
    Such individuals also are being allowed to work at Chester MHC(under the state of Illinois), only these are men who are being raped by guards(STA’s), “psychiatrist” and stalked by “nurses”.
    NOTE:, is one of the websites that list some of these perverts.
    One(in particular), name is EDWIN VEGA(listed about 1/4 of the ways from the BOTTOM of
    He was a “counselor”, hired by the state of Illinois, to “counsel”, the patients at Chester Mental Health Center(located at 1315 Lehmen Drive, P.O.Box 31, Chester, Illinois 62233-0031)!
    VEGA, was “counselor”, when he was a railroaded patienta t Chester MHC.
    These such individuals was EXPOSED by DATELINE(Mr. Hanson), and I am and will always be PROUD of the work that he does to capture such sickos and have them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, for because they wear badges or have a “tittle” behind their names, does NOT make them above the law, nor does sitting behind a mahogany desk!
    Just look at the list of judges who has been punished in the ILLINOIS JUDICUARY REPORT BOOK(2005, 2007, 2008, and it should be UPgraded by now for more has been mentioned and more ahs been prosecuted)!
    NOTE: There should be an INTERNATIONAL REPORT BOOK, to show a mixture of these perverted/abusive/satanic individuals working as nurses, psychiatrist, doctors, STA, etc!
    We MUST continue to EXPOSE these sort of people for if we don’t, we are just as guilty as the ones who commit such crimes against humans.
    These “people”, are working under the guise of “mental health” and are doing just the opposite(mentally HARMING, physically HARMING, psychologically HARMING EMOTIONALLY HARMING our lovedones and not enough is being done about it)!

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