Wednesday morning, one of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped over two years ago, by Boko Haram, was found. Amina Ali Nkeki was found by local hunters, wandering with her baby. Her return represents a glimmer of hope for the over 270 girls who were kidnapped from their town of Chibok, Nigeria. Amina has already told Nigerian security officers that some of the girls have died. However, she also conveyed that many of them are still alive in captivity.
While we rejoice with the one that was found, we cannot forget those left behind in captivity. Taken against their will, their voices are still silenced. Hopefully Amina will be provided the platform to become their voice. Her return is proof that there is hope the other girls will be found. We must never lose hope!
Unfortunately, when the brief euphoria wears off Amina will need to find work or some means to support her baby. Hopefully because of the high profile nature of her return, her transition may be easier than most in a similar situation.
When you purchase ethical products, you’re supporting people like Amina. Dishearteningly, there are millions like her around the world. Yes, there are kidnapping victims and people being trafficked in the ‘advanced’ western, in your neighborhood, right under your eyes. If they are fortunate to escape, they still need to provide for themselves and their families. Your ethical purchases help provide people a way to receive fair trade wages. Every little bit helps. Start small by changing clothes to change lives!
About the author: When Walter is not writing for the “Change Clothes. Change Lives Blog,” he can be found studying in pursuit of an MBA, flying around Tampa’s airspace in a small Cessna, or dancing Argentine Tango at a local Milonga.