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#BringBackOurGirls: Looking Back, Looking Forward

As the year ends, I look back and wonder where all the time went.  I wasn't able to accomplish much work-life balance this year because I became involved in the #BringBackOurGirls movement and led the establishment of #BringBackOurGirlsNYC.  I wrote most of this blog on a sleepless night in August this year, in a long email to a friend.  It remains relevant, particularly because it reflects the issue that has embroiled my life all year long.

Nigeria is squandering her people with wanton abandonment.  Why do we not feel ashamed to say that we have the largest economy in Africa when we don't even have a decent healthcare system?  Why do our political class and elites flaunt their ability to go for medical treatment abroad and they don't realize that the lack of decent care at home reflects poorly on them, plus they are playing "Russian roulette" with their lives since they could die from very preventable and treatable conditions?  Why do we have decayed infrastruct…

#BringBackOurGirls: Boko Haram and Human Security in West Africa Conference, December 4, 2015

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#BringBackOurGirls NYC #BringBackOurGirls: Boko Haram and Human Security in West Africa Conference. Thursday, December 4, 2014  9:30am – 6:00pm The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
the conference is a call for continued action toward the end of gender based violence and the rescue and safe return of our girls who were abducted from their school in chibok, borno state, nigeria on april 14, 2014, and all other nigerian citizens abducted by boko haram
December 4, 2014
New York, New York – On April 14, 2014, armed militants from the insurgent group, Boko Haram, stormed female school dormitories in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria.  The militants forcefully abducted 200+ young female students in the middle of the night, stole supplies and burned the school to the ground.  Other women and girls, boys and men have been abducted before and after the April 14th abduction, and Boko Haram is still on the rampage. Many communities have been attacked and thousands have been killed. There are a…