Chibok Girls Abduction: Its been 100 Days

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Its been 100 Days

 

July 23rd marks 100 days since almost 300 girls were abducted from Chibok, a small town in Borno State, northern Nigeria. Some have escaped and 219 remain captive.

They have been victims not only of their abductors, but of a government who has been unwilling or unable to put in the necessary measures for their safe return. This is unacceptable. We as an international community of concerned citizens must rise up and tell the Nigerian government and governments around the world that the lives of all citizens are sacred and that we cannot sit back and watch as innocence is destroyed and the lives of young girls shattered.

We must be relentless in our demand to #bringbackourgirls now and to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice.

What can WE do? You can ORGANIZE, MOBILIZE or simply teach and enlighten. Here are some ideas for what you can do to demand that the Nigerian government takes action to bring back the Chibok girls safe and alive.

IN NIGERIA

  • ORGANIZE AN ACTION AT YOUR STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY OR GOVERNOR’S OFFICE – Demand accountability and feedback. What has been done? What is happening?
  • ORGANIZE A TOWN HALL MEETING WITH YOUR NASS REPRESENTATIVES – a list of NASS representatives and their details can be found on www.shineyoureye.org
  • ORGANIZE A TOWN HALL MEETING TO TEACH – Show the Ebony Life Documentary on Chibok. Give a platform from those from the affected parts to share their experiences.
  • JOIN IN MAJOR ACTIONS IN MAJOR CITIES OR START ONE OF YOUR OWN – there are strong movements in Lagos, Abuja & Ibadan that you can join and be part of.
  • ACTIONS WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN – Its holiday in most countries but summer schools and other programmes can still organize for the campaign to bring back the Chibok girls.

IN WEST AFRICA

  • ORGANIZE AN ACTION AT A SYMBOLIC LOCATION FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT – Demand accountability from ECOWAS countries in getting the Nigerian government to act.
  • ACTIONS WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN – Its holiday in most countries but summer schools and other programmes can still organize for the campaign to bring back the Chibok girls.

IN OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES

  • ORGANIZE AN ACTION AT A SYMBOLIC LOCATION FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT – Demand accountability from AU countries in getting the Nigerian government to act.
  • ACTIONS WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN – Its holiday in most countries but summer schools and other programmes can still organize for the campaign to bring back the Chibok girls.

IN NON-AFRICAN COUNTRIES

  • ORGANIZE A RALLY OR ACTION AT THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY, CONSULATE OR HIGH COMMISSSION
  • ORGANIZE A RALLY, SIT IN OR TOWN HALL MEETING WITH YOUR GOVERNMENT – Tell your government to put pressure on the Nigerian government.
  • ORGANIZE A TEACH IN – Organize a teach-in to educate young people and adults on the plight of girls in many countries and what can be done to protect their interest and give them hope and a future. You can show films like Girl Rising or Ebony Life’s documentary.
  • ACTIONS WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN – Its holiday in most countries but summer schools and other programmes can still organize for the campaign to bring back the Chibok girls.

 

 

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