The news about the release of the 82 Chibok girls brought lots of smiles for the camera and we are all celebrating. I’d say that is the first leg of the race; the real work begins. Often we hear that such abducted victims will be rehabilitated but do we follow through? It easy to fill the news headlines with such stories but serious plan and thought should be given to rehabilitating these girls who have become mothers under captivity.
Why is this important?
Try picturing what kinds of treatments these girls must have gone through while under the lordship of the Boko Haram terrorist. I dread even thinking about the horror of it. So these girls are carrying emotional and possibly physical scars and wounds. The most difficult scar to heal is that of the spirit and soul of a human being.
Possible Effects of abduction/Kidnapping on Victims
- Dreadful fear
- Anxiety that can lead to panic attacks
- Psychological trauma
- Mental problems
- Low self-esteem
- Wrong ideology about life.
What does the future hold for these girls? It shouldn’t stop with releasing them to their families there is a need for follow-up.
• The government can encourage them to go back to school by giving free education.
• They could be helped to acquire skills that they can sustain themselves with. Such skills include tailoring, bead making, catering, animal husbandry, poultry, pottery making and so much more.
• There is a need for spiritual reorientation because they might have been brainwashed which could start manifesting in the nearest future and we might have cases of active terrorists living in the community.
Adebisi Adetunji (C)