- Posted June 15, 2014 by
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Bring Back Our Humanity
These were the thoughts that came rushing through my mind during the dreaded finals week. I was overcome with projects, tests, surprise quizzes, and the dreaded 89.9% in my Advanced Placement United States History course.
As I came rushing home from school, with the equivalent of my body weight in textbooks, I went online to see news that would change my life forever.
On April 14th. the lives of over two hundred schoolgirls were changed forever, when kidnapped by the militant organization the Boko Harem. Angered that girls were receiving a 'Western education', the terrorist group kidnapped the girls and deprived them of their home, family, security and trust.
As a high school senior, I am more than guilty of complaining about school. But the right to learn, to grow, to question (while being treated like a dignified young adult) is a blessing that many girls across the world are deprived of. According to the United Nations, 2.5 million people around the world are involved with the sex trade, depriving children of their dignity, their innocence, and their childhood. The females that are blessed to receive an education often endure domestic abuse, excessive violence, and humiliation. Every year of education brings a girl hope that she will not be forced into marriage and childbearing. In simple terms, education brings hope. It sheds light into the 'elephant in the room' topics, and breaks the oppressive cycle of gender inequality.
While I mourn for the schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Harem, they are only a mere representation of the millions of girls deprived of their dignity at a young age.
I'm advocate to #BringBackOurGirls, but on a grander scale, we should truly be advocating bringing back humanity. Our desire to feel compassion towards one's brother, to help someone in need, to stand up against injustice. We can either grieve the problems of the world, or we can use it as a catalyst to defeat indifference and change the world. Until the night ends for the child, the hunger slows for the oppressed, and love overrides hatred, I will forever have a reason to #BringBackOurHumanity.