Sister's got your back

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, May 11, 2014    

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AS the world celebrates Mother's Day today, and Jamaica observes Child Month, over 200 mothers in Nigeria are anxious.

On April 14, approximately 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School in that west African country by the hardline Boko Haram faction.

It has also been reported that the group abducted another eight girls.

The acts have been condemned by world leaders including United States President Barack Obama and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie.

Jamaican artistes are supporting the recently launched 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaign'. Among them is reggae singer Queen Ifrica who described the kidnappings as 'very unfortunate'.

"Words cannot express the feelings that those mothers must be going through. Mother's Day is here and over 200 mothers don't know where their kids are. We in Jamaica are experiencing similar issues as it relates to our missing boys and girls," said Ifrica, a mother of three children.

Also voicing her opinion is Think Like a Girl Music CEO and singer Diana King. She told the Sunday Observer that the kidnappings are 'cold, bitter and frustrating'.

"It's the type of thing that you feel in your core and cannot ignore. As a woman, a sister, a mother, a human there's also bit of frustration that all you can really do is post and/or tweet about it," she said. "The world can be cold, selfish and cynical and unless you are pure evil this has to affect you."

Another supporter of the 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaign is reggae singer Etana who offered encouragement to the Nigerian people via Facebook.

"Thinking of Nigeria. Ladies, the fight is not yet done," the mother of two children wrote.





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