Earlier this November, it was reported that 241 women and girls who were captured by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram had been rescued. This is not the first successful rescue, May of this year had the first returns being 293 women and days later 234 with 91 percent of these women and girls turning up pregnant. All but 20 women and girl turned out not to be pregnant. It is also important to mention that none of these returned girls and women are among the school girls adopted in April 2014.
Of course this is news to be celebrated, this is what we would call the white light at the end of the tunnel; but what happens when we get to that light and we are out of the tunnel? This is what these women and girls are left to ask, to deal with. It is no secret what happens to these girls. Abubakar Shekau; the leader of this terrorist group went on to say,
“I will sell them in the market, by Allah. I will sell them off and marry them off. There is a market for selling humans… I will marry off a woman at the age of 12. I will marry off a girl at the age of nine. Women are slaves. I want to reassure my Muslim brothers that Allah says slaves are permitted in Islam.”
He uses religion as a weapon to bring in young men and then mess with their mental to make them think what they are doing is in the name of Allah (God). He does not stop there, he then goes on to convince them that women are slaves. That the women that bore them, the sisters they have, the daughter are all slaves. Imagine that!
This is an act of a religious crazed mad man who not only corrupts our young African men but also goes ahead to bring in the women. He abducts girls at a young age and forces them into marriage, sex, STDs and early motherhood. And yes, some have been rescued but this does not mean all these things have not happened to them. They have been abused and mistreated, this is something that will not just go away.
So what next? What are we to do to help these unfortunate souls? They might be back home but they are a figment of the person they used to be. They have scars and nightmares; they wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat screaming their lungs out. They have no empathy, something they had to learn as soon as they got to the Boko Haram camps. They cannot connect, they cannot pick up from where they left off. And the worst part of it all is they cannot get help. They can’t get psychologist to help them through their PDS as this is not a thing viewed important in a continent like Africa. And even if this disorder or that a psychologist were viewed important and real, these women and girls would not be able to pay for their services. Which leave us to question, should we just rejoice over a headline used to mostly get views for TV news? Most of these headlines are thrown on top of stories which go on to incriminate the Boko Haram cult and then later give the joyous rescue story of the returned girls. This goes on to trend on twitter then later on a hashtag is formed were all the celebrities us it and plaster it all over their social media. But aren’t we all missing the bigger picture? How are these returned girl’s mental state? Are they a danger to society? Do they need help? What can we do to help? Can we fund their psychologist bills? How can we help to make them feel again to help them connect, to help them feel safe again? This is what is important. Not some stupid hashtag.
And with that, I am off and will let you ponder; marinate in it! Have a lovely morning/ night/ evening my earthlings. Until next time; like, re-post, share or leave a comment to discuss more on this topic.