This issue has been gaining some steam and attention through Instagram and Twitter, with hundreds of people re-posting and re-tweeting pictures with the hashtag #BringOurGirlsBack. From what I gather, people are trying to raise awareness to the issue, and offer words of encouragement and hope to the families affected by what’s going on in Nigeria. I haven’t really seen people calling for our government to step in, but rather calling on the Nigerian government to take action immediately.
Now, in my opinion, I think this is a rather positive movement and shouldn’t be looked at as a negative thing, right? Wrong! There are way too many internet trolls, who feel the need to play the devil’s advocate by turning something positive into something negative. When it comes to raising awareness on issues affecting people who are not American, someone always has to say, “Why are we concerned with national affairs, when we have issues to deal with at home?” I think this way of thinking is so stupid. America is a country full of people from all parts of the world. There are several groups and organizations who are concerned with what takes place on American soil. Human trafficking is an issue for humanity; it’s not just a Nigerian issue or an American issue. Furthermore, I’m willing to bet that all of those people who feel that America should not care about what’s going on in other parts of the world, are not contributing to the organizations here to help our country.
As a human being, have compassion for other people. Being separated by large bodies of water should not dictate whether or not you should be able to voice concern and hope for other people suffering. If your daughter went missing, and your government was dragging its feet, wouldn’t you want someone to help draw attention it, if it may help you reunite with your daughter?
Keep re-posting, re-tweeting, and praying about this tragedy because it is helpful. We’ve seen what the masses are capable of.