On February 19, 2018 about 110 Dapchi School Girls were kidnapped during school hours by gun men who came in a number of vehicles. I haven’t been able to wrap my head around the incident. It was simply heartbreaking to hear that another set of school girls had been abducted. This was coming in the wake of the Chibok girls whom we are yet to recover from the clutches of the terrorists group for 4 years now. Yes some have been reportedly found but I doubt if we will ever recover all of them. So for me hearing about the Dapchi School Girls abduction was just too much…. I haven’t been able to put pen to paper to talk about the issue. But hearing about their release some minutes ago….. I have to say something!
This morning we received the news that the suspected Boko Hiram terrorist who abducted the girls came driving into Dapchi town in nine vehicles with 105 girls out of 110 girls earlier abducted. These are girls from JSS 1-SSS 3 and between ages 11& 19. I can’t imagine the horror of it for the girls and their parents.
It is a relief to hear that these girls are back home and will be reunited with their families. However I wonder again who is really behind this kidnapping. Is it just the Boko Haram group or we are actually acting a political drama at the expense of the lives of our young school girls.
Who knows what the abductors must have done to these girls! Possibly many if not all have been sexually abused 😖 And we are also hearing that 5 of the girls may be dead!!
This is totally unacceptable! Who is playing a dirty game with the lives of our children? Who is playing an evil game with our girls?! Something needs to be done to prevent a repeat of this horrible act.
Adebisi Adetunji (C) Project Director Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development.
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