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On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors’ accounts.
I talked with my Mom about this and asked her what she thought. She looked me straight in my face and said:
"I knew this would happen. I know those girls won’t be found. It all looked well and good 5 months ago when it was trendy. But hashtags won’t bring these girls home. By now every last one of them is indoctrinated and/or pregnant. They don’t want to leave. They fear for their children. Their families won’t take them back like this. They don’t have any choice but to stay. That’s why no more have escaped. The government won’t find them. There isn’t anything in it for them if they do. People have already forgotten. It’s sad. Things like this is why I left. I would never have forgiven myself if I had stayed and some militant group had come and stolen you or your sisters away. I would have died on the inside. And the government that was supposed to protect us from this wouldn’t care. I’d never be whole again. My heart goes out to those families. They will never see their daughters again."
I hope she’s wrong. But something tells me she’s not.
I didn’t forget