As a parent, my worst nightmare is losing my child. It is impossible for me to imagine the pain parents endured upon hearing the news that their daughters had been kidnapped in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Horam, which means “Western education is a sin.” It’s difficult for me to write anything, not being able to fathom the depth of their agony.
And yet, I want to say something.
Because I can.
Because I live in a country where women are allowed to blog. We are allowed to speak our minds. We are allowed to see and be seen. To worship freely, or not. To teach and be educated. Without recrimination. Without fear.
It is a seemingly mundane task: dropping my daughter off at school in the morning.
Yet it is something I can do each day with my head held high, because I know that of every action I take, this one has the most profound significance. My daughter has the gift of education, to develop her mind, reach her full potential, and go for her dreams.
Moms and dads with minivans taking your kids all over the place, you don’t realize the importance of what you do. How very marvelous it is. What a gift you are giving to your family, and to the world. The gift of enrichment for your daughters, the gift of learning. You are facilitating that. It is the ultimate act of love, not only for yourself, but for the world.
I am learning every day that in another country, under different circumstances, I could be killed just for having this blog. Or be thrown in prison. My daughter could be taken away because I sent her to school one day.
It is our duty to hold our daughters, and tell them we love them. To encourage them in their endeavors, and to help them make their dreams possible whenever we can.
Yet it is also our duty to speak out for those girls in Nigeria who were taken, who have no voice, and whose poor parents are desperately awaiting their fate, wondering if they will ever be reunited.
Tonight, add your voice to this petition. Take to social media, write to Congress, and write to your friends to spread the world. We must #BringBackOurGirls.
Note: Today I wanted to focus on the Nigerian girls and their plight, but in another separate post I plan to address the murder of dozens of schoolboys in Nigeria by Boko Haram back in February. #TalkAboutOurBoys