Europe has been impressed by terrorist attacks closer to home. Western countries are involved in the battle against IS and trying to keep their young Muslim men from joining jihad in Syria. In cities like Paris and Amsterdam thousands have marched, holding op pens and pencils in protest, after the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
We will speak out for our rights and say, write and draw what we think. We insist that no one will take our pen from us. And in the midst of angry sounds, demanding that we will not be silenced, I wonder what happened to the voice of these girls in Nigeria.
How many of them are still alive? How many of them are living their lives in captivity? How many are slaves to Boko Haram? How many are brain-washed? How many of them will ever hold a pen to write down their thoughts on these matters?
How many parents cry every day and still march to try to bring this to the World's attention and to try to get their government to act. All the while living in fear that Boko Haram will attack more villages. Perhaps parents who were reluctant to send a daughter to school and who, in retrospective, regret their decision. But also, parents who were proud to give their girl a chance to go to school and who dreamed that she would change her world as a teacher, a lawyer or a doctor.
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