What happens when radical ideology comes smack up against the rhetoric that abhors violence against women? We are about to find out. In fact, the response is too slow in coming. It’s been nearly three weeks since nearly 300 girls were abducted by a terrorist group in Nigeria — Boko Haram, which translates into “Western education is sinful” — for the single reason that their parents have them enrolled in school so they can receive an education.
Now word comes from the United Nations Children’s Fund that the “armed extremists” carrying AK-47 rifles have “carried out another brazen kidnapping” of even more girls. They left in a bus loaded with the new victims warning of further violence against villagers if they alerted authorities. The new abductions are causing even more fear and “worsening nightmare,” but the attacks are just the latest in years of terrorism from Boko Haram actions described by Angelina Jolie as “unthinkably cruel and evil.” Along with offers of assistance, the Obama administration has warned Americans about the “risk of kidnappings, robberies and other armed attacks” in Nigeria.
By now, everyone should know the story: An al Qaeda-associated group, Boko Haram, abducted hundreds of young Nigerian girls subjecting them to threats of child marriage and slavery. Nobody knows where the girls are, nor does anyone know how they are doing. Three weeks, and nobody has done anything yet. The parents are, understandably, distraught and begging for help. Decent people around the globe are outraged. There are demonstrations in multiple cities protesting the inhumane and brutal actions of the terrorists. Decent people are appalled that Boko Haram has clearly proclaimed their goal of eradicating Christianity from Nigeria.
Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, is coming under increasing pressure as groups from around the world are rallying, demonstrating, using social media and calling on him to rescue the nearly 300 girls who were abducted on April 14 during final exam week by the Islamist group. This insurgency objects to girls receiving an education. The Nigerian Task Force has been working for three years to have the State Department declare Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization.