We all were posting “#bringbackourgirls” in April and May of this year in support of forcing government action in freeing the 234 missing Nigerian school girls from their extremist captors. We flooded twitter, instagram and streets with images that told the world that black girls’ lives mattered.
Then, we stopped.
We didn’t stop because the girls were rescued. We didn’t stop because we moved away from social media and toward some form of written or physical activism. We just stopped.
So , what happened to these girls?
While various news outlets have reported that some of these girls have escaped, they have also reported that the majority of them are still being held by their captors.
Recently, Malala Yousafzai, known for her activism in girls’ education, and for surviving an assassination attempt for these views, recently visited Nigeria to bring renewed attention to the missing girls and to urge Nigerian leaders to continue to search for our missing sistahs.
Sistah Parsala would like to thank Malala for reminding us of our sistahs who have yet to be rescued. They still matter, and we cannot forget about them. Malala is promoting #strongerthan in an effort to help us refocus, and while she promoted it for this past Malala Day, which she celebrated July 14th of this year, it is never too late to raise awareness.
I encourage us to use both hashtags together to bring renewed attention tom the issue. We have to continue to ask questions to continue to force the world to see our missing sistahs as an issue.
If you know of any other ways that we can support these sistahs or force the Nigerian government to strengthen its rescue efforts, feel free to provide this information in the comments section.