It is now almost two months since about two hundred girls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria. After weeks of searching Nigeria’s army chief has disclosed that they now know the location of the girls but cannot tell the parents where they are. He said they cannot go in with force. Talking to reporters he said, “Just leave us alone, we are working, we will get the girls back.” Since the girls were kidnapped about two hundred and seventy civilians have been killed by Boko Haram members.
Another day has passed, another night has come and for many families in Nigeria it offers them no comfort and they will find no rest as they wait for another morning to dawn still not knowing where their daughters are. It has been more than three weeks since over two hundred Nigerian girls were abducted from their school. It is not clear how much effort the Government has made to find the missing girls and they are turning to the world for support to find their children. Do not let these mothers pleas fall on deaf ears. Do not ignore their tears. It is time for the world to take a stand on atrocities carried out against women. There is too much talk and too little action and not many are held accountable. Tonight let us all say a word of prayer for the safe return of the girls.
This should be a season of goodwill. Joy to the world, peace to men on earth, but the season is anything but joyful or peaceful. While the people of Newton Connecticut are still trying to come to terms with the shooting deaths of twenty children and seven adults, in other parts of the world the senseless killings continues.
In Pakistan six health workers on a polio eradication campaign were shot dead. Polio is an infectious disease which can cause permanent paralysis in a matter of hours. There is the need for safe and effective vaccines to protect children from the disease which according to the WHO, is currently endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Four female health workers were reportedly shot dead in Karachi on Tuesday. Two were killed after administering vaccination to children. Two other women were shot while going from house to house giving vaccination in Peshawar. Police official Javed Khan said the gunmen opened fire on the women as they left a house where they had vaccinated children.
- Mourn with those that mourn. (lemonsqueezyhome.com)
- Polio vaccination workers killed in Pakistan (doubtfulnews.com)
- Six polio workers shot dead in Pakistan (thenewstribe.com)
- Five-day mourning on polio campaign workers killing announced (thenewstribe.com)