Mother’s Day Notables 2: Tears of Sorrow

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there!

I repeat this first paragraph for the part 2 of today’s blogs. Regardless of which mother you celebrate today, Poverty Nodes recognizes two types of mothers on this May 11th, 2014 Mother’s Day. These mothers are at both ends of the tears spectrum. At one end of the tear spectrum are those who are crying out loud for joy and are shedding the tears of joy because they were able to save themselves and their children from poverty. While at the other end of the tear spectrum are those who are tormented and despite their efforts are overwhelmed by their inability to continue the struggle to save their children from “slavery” and other forms of poverty.

The second set of mothers is represented by these Nigerian mothers who are wailing and crying in anguish because their 12 – 15 year olds were mass abducted on April 14th, 2014. The girls were mass abducted by Boko Haram militants  from their beds at an all-girls school – the Government Girls Secondary School in rural Chibok  – in rural northeastern Nigeria.  Their school is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Maiduguri and some 600 miles from the capital of Abuja. That abduction was followed on this past Sunday (one week to Mother’s Day) night by another kidnapping, again believed to be by the same  Boko Haram militants.

I am a mother of two girls and two boys and since the break of this news, it has been like a horror movie.  But slowly, the disbelief began to unreel in real time, and the nightmarish predictions seem to become true! Oh my, Oh my! My emotions have been high and varied especially as I perceive the mothers wailing and crying about their abducted daughters, and especially because no information was coming forth about their rescue.

I have not only been enraged, but very scarred of the type of future the Federal government of Nigeria is planning for the country. With the news that U.S. intelligence believes the 276 girls have been split up, experts and authorities are now admitting that it is likely that these girls have been separated and taken out of the country to be sold in slavery! What? To be trapped in poverty? Ironically, these are the girls who were sent to school in the first place to help them escape poverty. Now, no one is even sure of their getting out of this alive! Any wonder then that their mothers are wailing and crying – tears of agony!

All these happened under the watch of  Nigeria’s President,  Goodluck Jonathan who went on a reelection campaign and did other un-stately things such as attend lavish parties while the girls were reported missing. Nearly four weeks have passed and nothing was done by Jonathan’s government. It is notable, that Jonathan came to (if he has) only as a result of  mounting international outrage over the mass abduction of the girls. What’s more painful is the blatant inability of Jonathan’s government’s to plan a rescue if only  to subdue the Boko Haram militants. The government seems dazed because of insufficient and ineffective effort. Saved by public and the global outcry, he [Jonathan] was forced to acknowledge the offers of help from the United States, Britain, China and France, all of who are providing help nearly four weeks after the abduction!!!Because so much time has passed with Jonathan’s government being in a state of inertia, the task of recovering the girls has grown more complicated.

In the interim, the costs of rescue have increased because there is no one place to go for the rescues. Among the collateral damages are beyond the untold suffering these innocent girls will encounter. They include the sufferings imposed on a nation when the inept are their heads of state. Furthermore, putting incapable people on the throes of leadership, forces them to fail woefully, thereby bringing down their people with them.

For these mothers, without any idea of where their daughters are today, this Mother’s Day is an empty one, hence their tears are tears of sorrow!  Besides the expressed unconditional love of these mothers for their daughters, these girls rescue will be a collective good. They are our future, and our hope for Nigeria! May they be rescued unharmed!

Therefore, Poverty Nodes joins forces with all those who have vowed to rescue these girls, and wish the mothers a quick and healthy return of their daughters. So, on this 2014 Mother’s Day, Poverty Nodes salutes these women and their families!

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2 Responses to Mother’s Day Notables 2: Tears of Sorrow

  1. Victor says:

    Very interesting points you made there from the aspect of a mother. Nobody can really quantify the anguish those children are going through on a daily basis. Our hearts reach out to those hurting families who have been deprived of their loved ones.Bring Back Our Girls!

    • adaeze12014 says:

      Thanks Victor for your comments and feedback. Please read other blogs and give more comments. Also, please invite your family/friends/colleagues to the blog.

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