Learning under knifes and gunfires
by Francois Pan on February 6, 2015 - 1:21pm
The original report on the issue Chibok girls who escaped Boko Haram defy militants by returning to school was written by Monica Mark, a West Africa correspondent for The Guardian. The article was published Tuesday, the 3rd of February 2015.
Summary: Boko Haram, a group of jihadis in Chibok, Nigeria, had become known worldwide after its abduction of four hundred schoolgirls last April. Even after the incident, abductions, tortures and massacres of girls in Chibok who attend western schools have never ceased. Few of them have had the chance of escaping from the abduction, but the choice of whether re-attending the school or not became a major problem for these girls. The appearance of Godiya and Morgee Ensign seemed to be the solution to the problem. Both stuff members in University of Nigeria, Godiya and Morgee felt impelled to act after witnessing the unhuman acts of Boko Haram and the suffering of local schoolgirls. After rising a foundation of $50000 as scholarship to help reintegrate local girls into universities, Godiya and Morgee knock door by door and go from village to village to persuade the terrified parents to let their daughters receive education. Three months later, Margate, one of the twenty-one girls who successfully attended the university for one semester wrote in her essay: “Education gives me the wings I need to fly.”
It is with tears in my eyes that I finished reading the original report. The astonishing fact that in some part of the world, people have to step into the school with the weight of death menace struck me profoundly. If one of the UN’s millennium development goals is to provide universal primary education, then why didn’t they do anything when the girls in Chibock, the ones who are so resolute to learn and grow, are not receiving the education they deserve and are being abused to such an extent? I am puzzled and exasperated.
The source is very reliable to me because the correspondent of The Guardian who wrote this article, Monica Mark, is based in Nigeria, which allows her to have the first-hand information of the local movements. Also, she has been following very closely to the jihadis group Boko Haram since 2012. The experiences she gathered during these years make her a specialist in the domain.
Link to the UN Millennium development goals: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/