Note from Kola – #BringBackOurGirls

Guess what!

I received a letter from my friend Kola! If you would like to read the letter I wrote, you can click here. I came home from school today and my mom handed me her letter. I was so excited I read it right then and there!

My Dear Friend CeCe,

I am so happy to speak to you again. I know it’s been over a month since we last spoke but it’s been scary around here. I was taken with a lot of other girls away from the school. I managed to escaped alone the night I was taken. I was so scared but I kept thinking about my mother and father and brothers and told myself that I mustn’t be afraid. So I became brave – like the ninja we always talk about!! A nice family took me in, fed me, then helped me find my way back to my village. I was so happy to see my family! And my friends and everyone else. But, I learned that a lot of my classmates, who have become my family, did not return. I am sad. So much is going on.. I am scared. Also..I have bad news.  I do not know where Lulo is. No one knows where she is. I couldn’t stop crying for days when I came back. I pray for her and everyone else everyday. I do not know what the future holds but my mommy told me everything will be alright. But I don’t know. ‘Cus if everything will be alright, why did we have to leave our home? I think mommy is looking into moving away from here, she kept asking me and my brothers questions about other places. I miss Lulo, Ce. I miss her soo much. I miss you too! A lot has happened around here. I wish I could just video call you but we aren’t at home anymore… ♥︎u. I’ll be in touch

Kola

If you would like to read more about bringing back our girls, click here and learn more about events and support groups for the movement here.

#BringBackOurGirls. Now.

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The above story is fiction. It was written to keep awareness going about #Bring[ing]BackOurGirls – there is still more work to done. Please do not be blindsided by the Beyonce-JayZ-Solange situation. Let’s get back to finding these girls.

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Real Men Don’t Buy Girls.

My friends, our sisters, our girls are still missing. Celebrities, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, came together with other celebrities (like Drake, Justin Timberlake, Bradley Cooper and others) to proclaim: REAL MEN DON’T BUY GIRLS.

I hope with celebrity involvement this will not only bring more awareness to the kidnappings but also invoke more participation from people worldwide. We have to find and bring back my friends and as soon as possible.

#BringBackOurGirls

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#BringBackOurGirls

Dear Friends,

It has been 23 days since my friends in Nigeria went missing from their beds on the night of April 15th, 2014.

I am sad and hurt by this tragedy. But I remain hopeful.

I pray everyday for all of my friends that are missing, along with their families, my other friends remaining in the area, the people of Nigeria and my American friends who have friends and/or family affected by the kidnapping.

My mommy has been allowing me to watch the news coverage about the kidnappings with her. She knows how much the well-being of the kidnapped girls mean to me. The news lady had announced around April 16th or 17th that at least 53 girls were able to escape. My mother and I were so happy to hear this! However, there are still at least 234 of our friends out there who have not returned home. But I remain hopeful.

I asked my mommy, the day after it aired, how such a thing could happen to them when they were under the supervision of their school’s officials. ‘Cause at my school, there are so many rules about the fence that protects the perimeter of my school. Like, no talking through the fence, no going outside of the fence, no fetching flying balls on the other side of the fence, no shoving things through the fence, no playing on the fence, no looking at the fence…ok, I made this last one up – but I think you get my point :). My school is very strict about the fence. And I used to hate that and complained to my mom all the time about it. But she would always tell me it was for our safety from strangers.

Now, I understand.

The news lady also told us that the men who took my friends came late at night while everyone was sleeping. I usually talk to my friend, Adebukola (I like to call her “Kola”), at least once a month around 9:00pm her time and 1:00pm my time. And my other friend, Ifeolu (I call her LuLo), at least once a month as well, but the time fluctuates. I have not heard from either of them since the kidnapping took place at their school, Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. I am worried. But I still remain hopeful. Because I know that my friends are all strong and smart. And every night before I go to sleep, my mommy, daddy, sister, brothers and I pray for them together. I pray that they are all safe and unharmed. I pray that they are even stronger than expected and more intelligent beyond their age and grade level so that they are able to figure out their escape. I also pray that Kola and Lulo are OK and safe at home with their parents.

I hope our prayers are being heard each night.

Friends, I must go now. I want to catch the ending of Oprah reruns with my mom. But I will keep you updated on whatever I hear about our girls. I will also let you know immediately when my friends either skype, email or write me a letter – I know my friends are well and safe and I am positive that I will be hearing from them soon. My mommy tells me to just pray and watch out for their communication. And I do. Everyday after school, I run home, check the mailbox, log onto skype and turn the alerts volume all the way up so that even if I am outside, I will hear the skype ringer.

xoxo,

Ce’Marie