Friday, May 9, 2014

Wednesday Words: Nigeria Kidnappers


A Nigerian School where 180 schoolgirls where kidnapped. (Source: ONE News)
Source: The School
When the zealous Islamic militants attacked her school with frenzied shouts and gun fire, the school girls tried to run and hide in the bush.  One masked man scooped Teeka and tossed her over his shoulder, as he yelled orders to the other men.

All the screaming girls were forced into box trucks, beaten with gun stocks.  Crammed and cramped, Teeka and her school mates were crying and beating against the metal walls.  No!  No!  Let us go!  You have no…

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Teeka had always been the meek and quiet girl of her class, more of an inchworm, one who would gladly go unnoticed.  But now?  Teeka summoned all her strength and became a gladiator, taking charge.

Be quiet! She demanded.  We must plan and think, not weep and beg.  This…With steely determination, she finished, these animals will not have weak and sobbing cowards!


Teeka had no way of knowing that she herself was considered as an investment. For a few dollars she would be sold, either as a slave or in a forced marriage.  But, she would not go easily.

Abubakar Shekau, pictured, is the leader of the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, which has taken responsibility for a series of brazen attacks in north and central Nigeria.
Boko Haram: the group leader

Many thanks to Delores   for providing random words (the bold, underlined above) for participating bloggers to use and created a flash fiction, poem, prose, etc.   Please click on the photo of a stream on the right sidebar to read the work of other writers.  And please join the group!

...And pray for these girls to be returned to their homes.  May their captors receive the justice they so richly deserve.

24 comments:

  1. An absolutely horrendous situation for those girls and their parents....and a great job with the words as usual.

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    1. Watching the news makes me so very angry that this has been going on for some time, that 56 boys were rounded up and burned alive. Where is the outrage?

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  2. Awful in every way, so many complete whack jobs out there

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    1. Zealots have been so brain-washed to believe they have the right to do this to females.

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  3. Oh Susan. This makes my head and heart hurt. The reality and your story. And I hope there is a Teeka among those children.

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    1. I pray there are some very brave girls who lead the way.

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  4. The girl I tutor is from Nigeria. I can't fathom this horror. Her grandpa was telling me that the ransom price would be very small compared to the value of life here. He says it's been happening for a long time and he's glad for any military help from the British or American govt .

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    1. So glad that she has you as her tutor and mentor. Has the world been so blind by choice for so long?

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  5. Our prayers and thoughts are with the girls and their families that they are freed unharmed and swiftly.

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    1. It is good to hear from you! Our prayers and action will make a difference in those lives.

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  6. Hopefully they are freed and these "people" get what is coming to them

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    1. What would we all like to do with then---no questions there.

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  7. SIGN THIS PETITION!!

    http://www.change.org/petitions/all-world-leaders-bring-back-nigeria-s-200-missing-school-girls-bringbackourgirls?recruiter=22050562&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

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  8. A true and horrific story today, really great way to use the words.
    I hope and hope and hope these girls are rescued and all are safe and well.
    I dearly wish that things would change there sooner rather than later.
    This is no way to treat children.

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    1. When religion becomes the excuse of vile people for their actions, a big boot and hammer need to come down on them.

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  9. When I read the stories like this going on, it gives me instant apprehension/rage/grieving. I have no idea how any one person could partake in such a thing...much less than large groups/whole areas.

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    1. Africa has often been called the dark continent. Now we know why--it gets ignored and its people live in darkness.

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  10. Hi Susan,

    This is another outrage against humanity. No punishment would be too great for such evil. Bring the girls home and I saw the impassioned speech by Michelle Obama.

    Gary

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    1. Bring them home! Defeat and destroy the ones who perpetuate such crimes against humanity.

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  11. Nothing more heinous than a crime like this against the innocent. I'm a mom and can't imagine the suffering of these families. May the criminals be brought to justice and quickly.

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    1. I think what angers and infuriates me more than just this is that these kidnappings and slaughters have gone on for years and years. And nothing was done. I hope now is the turning point.

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  12. I love that you are using your powerful writing skills to address his heinous crime. This post brought these girls to life for me better than all I have heard so far. Thank you.

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    1. I wish I could say this was a fun post to write using Delores' words. Her words give impetuous and the power.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!