My Nigerian Sisters

Over a month ago, 276 of my sisters were kidnapped in northern Nigeria. They were kidnapped by a group of savages who call themselves “Boko Haram.”

These beasts raided a boarding school in Nigeria where female high school students were housed so that they could get educated. These girls had to take off from school for a while prior to their abduction but had recently returned to take their final exams and finish their school year. They had taken off earlier due to the exact fears that came true on April 15: they feared they would be attacked by the extreme conservatives in northern Nigeria who are against girls getting educated.

On April 15, 204 these young, innocent girls were asleep at their boarding school when “dozens of heavily armed terrorists” opened fire inside their sleeping quarters. Boko Haram caused all sorts havoc… I am only imagining a scene from a terrible and grotesquely violent movie. They not only started shooting but also set fire to the school: complete destruction.

Amidst all the chaos, they managed to group the students together, threatened them, and “then herded several hundred terrified girls” into their “trucks, buses and vans” and “drove off and vanished.”

This is where the disturbing, saddening, and extremely painful story of my sisters starts.

They were girls the same age as my biological sisters who had similar dreams and aspirations as my own sisters. They were girls breaking down barriers, making their families proud. They were going to change their little towns, their country, their continent, and their world!

How tragic it is that 267 persons have just vanished off of the face of the Earth? How tragic it is that such an atrocity has occurred in our world today?

Boko Haram is a word in the Hausa language; it means, “Western education is a sin.” While I have no knowledge of the Hausa language, the word Haram is familiar to me as it is an Arabic word commonly used by Muslims. Haram means “forbidden” or “sin.” As a Muslim, all I can say is that Boko Haram is HARAM.

Reasons why members of Boko Haram are haram, and not Muslim:

  • They attacked innocent civilians
  • They attacked women and children
  • They attacked defenseless girls
  • They kidnapped 267 humans against their will
  • They are keeping hostage 267 girls
  • They plan to sell people as if they were property
  • They are forcing young girls into marriage
  • They have claimed to have forcibly converted the girls they abducted
  • The men in Boko Haram are currently with 267 females who are not their mothers, daughters, wives, or sisters; this makes residing with females who are not their relatives HARAM

I hope that God is taking good care of my Nigerian sisters. I wonder how they are able to sleep at nights; I wonder how their families are holding up. I hope God gives those 267 girls and their families the strength to get through this. I hope that United Nations and the United States take some legitimate, hardcore action against these savages who call themselves Muslims. I don’t think they are worthy of being called animals, for even animals are compassionate and civilized compared to these monsters. Yes, that’s what they are: monsters. And monsters go to Hell.


Reference: Nicholas Kristof’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times on May 3, 2014 .


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B&W: No Filter Needed

Day 2: Visited my great aunt in an area called Adayala. This is a place where my great grandmother used to live as well and a place I used to visit often as a child. Ever since she passed away, the house was sold, and the family moved away. My great aunt (my mom’s aunt), however, continues to reside there and visiting her house brought back many memories.

Much has changed in Adayala in 10 years… what was once a posh suburban community is now nothing less than a hustling and bustling town. My great grandmother was very dear to me and held a special in my heart. It was shocking for me to see that what was her house has now turned into a commercial property where a clothing market now stands…. Strange isn’t it? House converted to a bazaar?

Anyhow, my great aunt brought out many old photographs of her self, her mother (my great grandma), father, my grandmother, mother, etc and what a collection it was! A picture is worth a thousand words but no words can explain that bunch of photos I got to browse through.

It was interesting to note how all the adults (well, more like elderly) were once so young and — hip! Also, the fashion trends of back in the day are back in trend today. Also, the women of Pakistan were so liberal and modern.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that women of back then were very independent and bold looking…. and those women grew up to become to strong mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. They are empowered in their own way.

Here’s to the strong women, young and old, of Pakistan!




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