Nigeria's Missing Girls: Universal Suffering

May 17, 2014

Decades of war and terrorism have been a threat to Nigeria. On April 14th nearly three hundred girls were abducted in Nigeria by a militant Islamic group called Boko Haram and they are still missing. I understand that managing this crisis has to come from Nigerian leaders themselves, and not from any foreign interventions. However I strongly believe in showing solidarity and spreading awareness of this issue, would make much difference. It may not bring back the girls, but at least you have shown your sense of universal responsibility to help others.

Making fun of people, who are supporting other people, does not make you cool. Instead of spreading jokes of celebrities or normal people who are supporting #bringbackourgirls, try to understand the situation with compassion and sensitivity. Imagine yourself going to your school and then out of sudden, you are kidnapped, threatened to be sold and deprived of your simplest basic rights, education. In addition to that you lose your sense of safety and security.

This kind of terrorist acts is not the first one and will not be the last. This kidnap has received media coverage and international efforts to find the girls. However this is not the case in all other kidnapping incidents; I am aware that there are hundreds incidents -or maybe more- are gone unreported or undiscovered. Trust me, there are a lot of horrendous sufferings in this world and I do not need to name them. Some people no one knows they even exist. One thing I am sure of that suffering touches everyone on this planet. You do not need to read newspaper or watch TV, simply because suffering is all around us, eventually it becomes part of our daily life. There are many causes and reasons of suffering and this could go on for pages. Sometimes people feel relieved when they know they are not alone. Taking part of global cause and showing your sympathy, it means that you are suffering over their suffering. By knowing that there are people who suffer less than you, you feel grateful for what you have and for what you do not have. It is not about hashtags, selfies or trending on twitter supporting the cause, it’s about showing your compassion and solidarity for people you do not know.

“The most compassionate form of giving is done with no thought or expectation of reward, and grounded in genuine concern for others.” Dalai Lama



Fatma Younis
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