ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services held one minute of silence in the People’s Park on Wednesday May 14 to commemorate a gathering called #BRING Back Our Girls Limerick, aimed to highlight the kidnapping of 230 girls aged 12 to 20 in Nigeria and is part of a global movement. On April 14, Nigerian Militant group Boko Haram organised a blast in the capital Abuja killing dozens. At the same time, the group, whose name means “Western Education is Forbidden” kidnapped 230 girls who were at school studying for a Physics exam. Laura Bohan, ADAPT Services tells me,
“On this day, 29 days later, all 230 are still missing. These girls and their families knew there was a risk of terrorist attacks yet were determined to attend the school and receive an education. These are grown men attempting to put a stop to young girls dream of an education. This is not an isolated incident and girls everyday risk their lives across the globe to pursue their ambition. By being here today we are joining with the millions of people around the world who are outraged by these events, heartbroken for their families and demanding their return unharmed. In the words of Malala Yousafzai, “The terrorists thought that they would change our aims and stop our ambitions but nothing changed in my life except weakness fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born.” There were songs from the women of the Nigerian Community and speakers included Monica McElvaney, Director of Services for ADAPT and Ciara Morris who organised the event.