About the SA Blog Network

The Urban Scientist

The Urban Scientist

A hip hop maven blogs on urban ecology, evolutionary biology & diversity in the sciences
The Urban Scientist Home

Wordless Wednesday: #BringBackOurDaughters

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

Email   PrintPrint

CREDIT: AP Photo/ Gbemiga Olamikan

Two weeks ago over 200 young girls between the ages of 16-18 were re-taking a physics exam in northeast Nigeria were invaded by Boko Haram terrorist. Armed men descended upon their school, defenseless and out of surprised kicked in doors and corralled them into trucks and took them away. Some reports from nearby villagers indicate they were being held in the nearby forests. Fathers, brothers, uncles and cousins were searching desperately for them in those suspected forests – without arms, without weapons or military might to match that of the kidnappers.  And two weeks later they still have no answers.

Imagine if it were your child, that you sent to school and she never returned home. How upset and distraught you would be? Now imagine an entire community all grieving and reeling from the collective emptiness. Our daughters were taken away. Taken.  The mothers of those daughters are requesting demanding assistance from the Nigerian government and now from the international community as well.

Now is a good time to email your Federal representatives and ask them to assist the Nigerian Government to bring the girls back home to their parents.



DNLee About the Author: DNLee is a biologist and she studies animal behavior, mammalogy, and ecology . She uses social media, informal experiential science experiences, and draws from hip hop culture to share science with general audiences, particularly under-served groups. Follow on Twitter @DNLee5.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

Rights & Permissions

Add Comment

Add a Comment
You must sign in or register as a member to submit a comment.

More from Scientific American

Scientific American Holiday Sale

Scientific American Mind Digital

Get 6 bi-monthly digital issues
+ 1yr of archive access for just $9.99

Hurry this offer ends soon! >


Email this Article