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Open letter to Boko Haram rebels

08 May 2014, 12:07

Dearest Boko Haram

I thought I’d take time to correspond with you for the dignity of a woman and the destiny of fellow African sisters. You don't know me neither do you own me; however you have what I want. I want my African sisters back. There is a good reason in writing to you; why…because I speak African, surrender is not an option.

I ask that you stop your inhumane behavior few minutes and read this letter. At some point in time we need to meet black on white, face to face, at the gates of heaven or hell. Let me tell you something you don’t know.

I have met a rebel. I know your weaknesses and I know the deep scars you leave behind. I know the hate that drives you and the power that corrupts you. I also know how you force your rebellious behavior and actions upon us as African women. In a heartbeat we must fear your big guns and bullets, the blades that slide through one’s throat, you as men in general, and lastly your fight in the name of religion.

As you will know Boko Haram, human trafficking isn’t taken lightly worldwide. You have placed yourself in great peril. Every action has a reaction and one should take responsibly for such actions and stand accountable. Once again our African soil bleeds.

Those bombs that you planted have killed and injured innocent people and for some this is a life sentence; losing loved ones and living an emotional unstable life thereafter. Some remain victims, others become survivors. For this you cannot blame the West.

The abduction of my African sisters has left mothers and fathers with sleepless nights. There is no pride in what has happened. There is no cause of self-satisfaction. For the cries of constant pain has not gone. Not for the families neither for the young girls. Every day you keep them, they are introduced to more emotional damage, pain and bad forces.

Every time one of you force one of these young girls against her will, you are not just responsible for raping her but also disrespect her being, and her living soul. How can this be justified? Even in the name of religion? To deny these girls their freedom, is not only to do injustice but also disrespecting those who have given them freedom and still fights for them.

I know that previously and currently our lives have been marked with debates around the world about the great issues, issues of human rights, issues of war and peace, issues of on-going poverty and depression. I know the hate that some Africans, like you have towards the West, East, North and South. But now in time, let’s lay down the issue of the heart and I plea to you; bring our girls back.

I know that we have failed each other in this continent. I know we have failed our people. We fail them every single day. I write to you not as a political animal, or saint but rather on a personal level. You see Boko Haram, you’re political and religious fight has become a personal attack. In our time we have faced many challenges and crises in Africa.

Over two hundred lives are at stake here including your own. We are met with a great challenge. President Goodluck Jonathan has pleaded for help from outside Africa and our fellow brothers and sisters are still pleading. The emotions will run higher, anger will rise, the troops will come, innocent lives will be taken and once again Africa will be faced with a war. An unpopular war. As a woman whose roots go deeply into African soil, I know the fear of war, war against my people, and war against myself.

I suggest you stop the war immediately to avoid innocent fellow African lives being lost. We are tired of these wars, wars against humanity, and wars against Africans, especially war against us as women. We are not your slaves. We are not your war weapons. I know that somewhere inside you there must be an understanding.

Boko Haram, currently you are not ‘’alive’’ nor are you conscious. Let us not maintain the barriers of hatred and terror. May God have mercy on you; because I don’t even wish for my worst enemy to go through the gates of hell. I have no doubt that good men and women will come for you from all over the world. Please, I kindly ask that these girls must be returned to us.

If not, face the consequences.

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