According to an article that I was reading this morning, the writer laments that Nigeria should have created a plaque or just something in memory of the children suffering under Boko Haram captivity.
The writer continued to express her disappointment in the government’s lack of emotions. Citing the case of Kenya’s Garissa University attack perpetrated by al-Shabaab and how the local government unveiled a plaque containing the names of the 148 people who perished in the massacre, the writer wishes her government did the same for the victims of Boko Haram mayhems.
Irked by the government, and a people of Nigeria for not honoring the abducted children, the writer went ahead to create her own means of immortalizing the kidnapped Chibok girls through photographs.
Inspired by these thoughts, the writer captured images of a survivor of the attack that left more than 200 girls separated from their parents and their day to day lives.
These girls and many others who were kidnapped later by the outlawed group cannot dream. Their future which was well-laid out by them and their parents has been interrupted. They live in captivity; and not much is known of what they are engaged in, in the hands of their captors.
“Hopefully, this will enable us to remember that the Chibok girls and all other abductees are still missing and that they have names,” the writer says adding that “although they are yet to be found, they remain with us, every day.”
Since the Chibok girls, the group has carried out other atrocities taking young girls and boys with them, some of who have been used as suicide bombers in recent attacks in Nigeria and neighboring countries.
There is no comprehensive tally of the disappeared but human rights groups estimate that some 2,000 people, most of them girls and women have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since 2009. This number could be higher than this.
Many more people are in the hands of Boko Haram
Some 19 girls were captured after Boko Haram raided villages of Wala and Warabe, a month after the Chibok incident. In June 2014, around 60 women and children among them being children as young as 3 years were taken by gunmen from Kummabza village.
In December 2014, nearly 200 women and children were abducted from Gumsuri village.
Shockingly, in March 2015, Boko Haram kidnapped some 300 school children and 100 women from Damasak town. This was the largest abduction by the militia but never got much limelight like that of the Chibok girls.
According to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, nearly one million children in The Northeast of Nigeria alone have been left with very little or no access to education due to Boko Haram violence. The militant group which has been fighting against western education has been attacking schools, teachers and students, paralyzing local education system.
In my own way, I have compiled images representing the voices of people fighting for the safe return of the girls. In union with the writer, that inspired my writing of this piece, I hope these images in a way will remind the world of those suffering under the terror group in Nigeria and other people being terrorized by other militia groups elsewhere in the world.
May these images compel you to do something- anything- to help those suffering any form of injustices in whatever capacity necessary and possible.
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