Texas Tech Raises Awareness for Kidnapped Nigerian Students

Members of Tech's African Students Organization are donning headscarves and flocking to social media, in hopes of raising more awareness about the nearly 300 Nigeran girls taken from their school dorms last month.
by Victoria Price
vprice@kamc.tv

LUBBOCK, TX -- T
hose on the Texas Tech campus Friday may have noticed a handful of colorful headscarves and tribal bracelets. It's just one way Tech's African Students Organization hopes to raise awareness for the nearly 300 Nigerian girls kidnapped from their school last month.

"When you see all of us around here wearing the same headties, the same bracelets, of coures you're going to ask 'what is this for?'" according to Ibukun "Blessing" Adetomiwa. "And by letting them know, then they let somebody else know. And then they let somebody else know."

And what Blessing wants everyone to know, is how upset this tragedy has made her. That's because, as a young Nigerian student herself, the situation hits too close to home.

"I could be one. I could have been in nigeria, studying, and I could have been kidnapped," she says. "What would my mother have done?"

Tibor Nagy is the Vice Provost for International Affairs at Tech. But, he also spent two years in Nigeria, as the Deputy US Ambassador. He says that Boko Haram -- the group responsible for the kidnapping -- has been at such things for years. Both he and Blessing believe the US can play a role when it comes to bringing those girls home.

"Intelligence sharing, drones, communication and coordination," Nagy says. "[All areas] where we can help the Nigerians."

"We need a miracle, we need prayers, and that the US can definitely help Nigeria to help us get rid of Boko Haram," Blessing says. "And to find these girls."

Tech's ASO has also been very active in perpetuating the hashtag #bringourgirlshome on various social media outlets.

 

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