Almost two years ago I wrote on the kidnapping by Boko Haram of more than 250 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria.* In the post, written in the form of a letter to the mothers of those girls, I tried to imagine what it must have been like on the night of the kidnapping. Today you can hear one of the girls describing her experience.
Though most of the girls are still missing, at least two were able to escape on the night of the raid, and one of those was interviewed this week on NPR. You can listen to the conversation or read the transcript here.
While I listened to the strength in her sweet voice and thought about her experience, I wondered about what the last two years have been like for the rest of the kidnapped girls. It’s hard to imagine. There is next to no chance of my being able to do something directly to help any of those girls, but perhaps there is someone near me, a person I could reach out to with a helping hand.
Is there someone near you that you can reach?
*This Associated Press story in the Denver Post gives background and recent developments.
[Images: Wikipedia, Brandon Chew/NPR]