bring back our sons…a sad, frustrating and familiar plea

“Stop killing our children, bring back our children,”
Amrata Hamza mother of an abducted child, taken at the hands of the Islamic
Terrorist organization Boko Haram


(The mother of Muhammad Bello, one the students who was abducted by gunmen,
reacts in Kankara, Nigeria, on Monday. (Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters))

Well it appears that in these days of all-consuming news of all things election and or pandemic…
somehow I missed a most tragic story out of Nigeria.
It’s a story that actually took place nearly three weeks ago.

A deja vu sort of tale.
As I wrote a post 6 years ago about a very similar incident.

https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/bring-back-our-girls/

It seems that there has been another mass kidnapping of kids from a private boarding school
in Nigeria at the hands of the notorious Islamic group Boko Haram.

A massive group of armed gunmen stormed a school in the northern section of the country
and took over 600 boys as prisoner…or captives or whatever it is one calls the taking of
so many kids.
A mass kidnapping.

Here are excerpts from the story that I read on Fox…

A Nigerian woman whose only son is among the more than 330 boys still missing
after being kidnapped from their school in the northern Katsina state last week pleaded
for their return in a protest Tuesday,
as the jihadist rebel group Boko Haram reportedly claimed responsibility for the mass abduction.

Hundreds of gunmen with assault rifles on Friday surrounded the Government Science Secondary School (GSSS),
an all-boys boarding school in the town of Kankara,
firing at police before rounding up students and forcing them to march through the heavily
forested region in separated groups, witnesses have said.

The Daily Nigerian said Tuesday it received an audio message from Boko Haram
leader Abubakar Shekau saying that his group abducted the schoolboys because
Western education is against the tenets of Islam.

“Stop killing our children, bring back our children,”
Amrata Hamza, whose only son was abducted, told local broadcaster CLIQQ TV during a protest
organized Tuesday. “I don’t know the condition of my son.
I’m speechless.
I can’t talk, I have not drank water since I arrived in Kankara.
There is much sunlight, I know our children are thirsty,
they are hungry. Please help us bring back our children.”

The Nigerian government said a joint rescue operation was launched Saturday by state police,
air force, and army after the military engaged in gunfights with bandits after locating
their hideout in the Zango/Paula forest.
Many of the initial 600 male students taken from the school escaped their captors,
but more than 330 remained unaccounted for as of Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

This latest episode comes six years after Boko Haram kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls
from their dormitory at the Government Secondary School in Chibok in northeastern Borno State
in April 2014.
First Lady Michelle Obama spotlighted the issue at the time with the hashtag
#BringBackOurGirls.

About 100 of the girls are still missing.
Boko Haram said at the time that it wanted to stop women from attending schools.
The recent incident at the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara,
is the worst attack on a boys’ school since February 2014,
when 59 boys were killed during a Boko Haram attack on the Federal Government College
Buni Yadi in Yobe state.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/nigeria-boys-school-kidnapping-boko-haram

These are the types of stories that should outrage us as a global family but instead,
everyone is more focused on the election circus taking place in the US.
As well as whether or not it will be safe to take this hurried up and rushed vaccine
in order to stem the tide of a raging pandemic.

And what of the millions upon millions of dollars that have been poured into the elections–
elections on the national level as well as state level.
Money poured into campaingns by the likes of silcon valley, tech oligarchs,
leftist liberals…all the while children suffer, families suffer.
Suffering locally as well as globally.

Protecting children is, as adults, our responsibility.
It matters not that if it is at the local level of responsibility or
that of a global responsiblilty.
Children are our heart, soul and future.

No full term aboritions.
No abortions, period.
No sex trafficking.
No child prostituion.
No abuse.
No kidnapings.

Only our protection, love and guidence.

Let us pray for those boys as well as for their aching families.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones.
For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.

Matthew 18:10

17 comments on “bring back our sons…a sad, frustrating and familiar plea

  1. […] bring back our sons…a sad, frustrating and familiar plea […]

  2. bcparkison says:

    Happen way too often and not just in foren countries. It has been my central prayer for a long time ….Father your children are hurting.

  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    So sad. The world is an ugly place and getting uglier by the minute.
    When children are used as puppets, slaves and monetary gain. God must have a plan, but it sure isn’t apparent yet. Hear our prayer, Lord, Jesus.

  4. hatrack4 says:

    Amen. Wish I could say more, but we are busy this week.

  5. oneta hayes says:

    Thanks for this news. Sad our stations choose to tell of our great climate tragedy to occur decades away. Who cares about six hundred boys in Nigeria! You know the government needs to build homes to replace the ones that will slip into the ocean in 2089. Yikes!!!

  6. In the military, I spent 20 years as an Intelligence Analyst, primarily for those countries in East Africa around The Horn. I can tell you this has been going on for centuries and will continue for many more. The people have given up, and the Governments have long ago stopped taking forward action. They simply respond as a way to appease the rest of the world and appear to care. They do not.

  7. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    You believe people are basically good? You believe people cannot be evil? Then explain why a group of hoodlums would run off with hundreds of children.

    You say it is no big deal, that as such crimes go this is small potatoes? You say half of the boys have already escaped. You say the other half are still alive.

    Boko Haram is a bunch of homicidal maniacs. Like as not this mass kidnapping is part of their recruiting program. If so, then Boko Haram will do its best to twist these boy’s minds until they too are homicidal maniacs.

    We often hear that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. In truth, many of people who peddle such slogans seek to dominate the minds of our children and our own minds by propagandizing us. They indoctrinate us both through our education systems and the mass media. When people control what we believe, they can control what we do.

    Supposedly, the whole idea that Democrats stole the election is farcical. Democrats ask: how could they cover up such a massive plot? When Liberal Democrats own both our schools and the mass media, is that really a serious question?

    Who should we trust more? Boko Haram or people who send their own children to private schools and pressure us to send our children to schools they run? Boko Haram, a terrorist organization that frankly explains its murderous objectives or insidious leaders who tell us endless lies in the mass media?

    You say I exaggerate? If you without question trust the public schools and the mass media, how would you know?

  8. boudicaus says:

    Reblogged this on boudica.us and commented:
    H/T Citizen Tom

  9. Salvageable says:

    Nigeria is at the center of the ongoing war between Christian culture and Muslim culture. If the nations of the world could agree to squelch Islamic terrorists like Boko Haram on their home turf, we would have fewer worries about terrorist being exported into Europe and North America. J.

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