I have one voice. You have another voice which makes two voices. If we all join in, we can have a ONE WORLD voice that brings us together to stand up against atrocities that are happening in the world. I want to spread the knowledge and empower individuals, like yourself, to create a difference in this world by standing up and raising our voices to make a difference in this world.
For the past couple of weeks I have been reading in the paper about the “MISSING GIRLS OF NIGERIA” In case, you have not heard about what’s happening I have put a small synopsis together.
On April 14th-15th 2014, Boko Harem a terrorist group located in northeast of Federal Republic of Nigeria kidnapped more than 200 school aged girls at the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok. Chibok is a small Nigerian town located in Borno State. This terrorist group has ruined the freedom of these innocent girls by taking away their freedom and forcing religon upon them, not allowing them to go to school, forcing degrading treatment and sexual abuse upon them.
Freedom is something so precious, valued and yet we take it for granted. Lots of people might say, “When you get older, you will get more freedom.” The truth is we all have freedom. It is a luxury when you compare it to many other countries in the world. We are so spoiled in Canada, we think our freedom is taken away from us when we are not allowed a new Xbox game or a new phone. Sometimes kids sulk , fight with parents, and feel sorry for themselves for inconsequential things. This is our reality. However it is not a good reality. The way we perceive our freedom is sometimes made with very poor judgment, without appreciation for all the soldiers and common people like you and me, who stood up and fought for freedom, equality and individual rights. All I can say is sometimes we forget what is important , what we have, and sometimes are judgment is poor and selfish. I am writing this because I want to remind you of what you have and what we must do to give this right to someone else. Remember we are all enjoying the fruit of someone’s “One Voice ” from the past. We have to learn a lesson and create a “One Voice” for what is happening today. The reality of these girls is, when freedom is taken away from them, they have lost their right to an education, to make a choice, to walk freely, and to be happy. Just basic things we take for granted.
Welcome to the real world. The real world of these girls. Close your eyes and just imaginge. Someone comes in your school or workplace, takes your forcibly by guns, takes away your fundamental freedom of rights and forces you to live in a way they want, not what you want. Ask yourself, be happy. Now open your eyes, and be thankful you are here in Toronto Canada and the only compliants you really really have , is that we had a terribly cold winter, and we need a new Mayor.
In the Convention of the Rights of a Child, Article 14 it says, 1. “States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” And Article 15 says 1.”States Parties recognize the rights of the child to freedom of association and to freedom of peaceful assembly.” Article 37, (a) “No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age.” In Nigeria, these school-aged girls, their freedom is taken away. They are forced into prostitution for $12.00 for “non-stop rape” according to survivors and escapers from this horrific fate. According to trusted sources, the militant crew of Boko Harem also took these girls and made them convert to Islam and into forced marriages. They believe girls should not be given “Western Education” but should be married instead. Their privacy and innocence is taken away as soon as these men rape them. On top of that they are on a ransom trade. They will release all the girls, who have not converted, if all the criminals are released from their jails. Would this be a life you would want for yourself, your sister, wife, girlfriend or daughter?
I know I Wouldn’t. That’s why I am not afraid to stand up and Raise My One Voice.
So next time you say, we don’t have enough freedom to do what we want or you state something is not fair. I want you to think about the girls in Nigeria and other issues across the globe. Would you want to be in their shoes and would you want their life? I want you to think about how lucky you are and what you can do to make a difference. So the next time you are on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, instead of putting up meaningless pictures, share your ONE VOICE against this atrocity. Lets make a difference together.