Bring back our girls—and a country


Out of the depths of darkness came sinister forces

Of pure evil

And took away innocence in the budding form

Of young teen girls from a government-run school

In Chibok, Nigeria, on April 14,

The 276 girls brazenly abducted by the Boko Haram gunmen

In retaliation—they do not want them to be educated and independent,

all in the name of their version of Islam and this ambush, a warning for others—

The hapless girls are still missing…like many others in that lawless country,

And most likely to be sold as slaves on the market as per their leader Abubakar;

The world so far has not cared for these children,

As strongly as it should have done, simply because

They come from an impoverished nation, dark and distant,

In an unstable region known for endemic violence;

Why should the ruling elites care for the Other?

The disappeared ones, after all,

Are black, poor and girls, and

Not from a rich and mighty Western nation, their own;

The social outcry on social media forcing now a slow re-think

Among the international governments that regularly talk of human rights and their violations in various hot spots in despotic parts other than their own courtyards,

The great democratic leaders that can make a difference

Have not yet

Hardly talked in a single voice of anger and moral outrage;

Then, in such a bleak scenario of grim helplessness,

Let us rise,

You and I,

As We,

The disenfranchised netizens,

The remaining 99 percents of the world,

Against any kind of oppression and exploitation,

We are the new army of the

Literate and hard-working professionals,

Let us raise our voice in anger,

For our trapped young sisters and daughters, now in another jungle,

The emerging solidarity should now grow into a global protest/chorus persistent,

Against this ruthless kidnapping and global human trafficking of girls and children.



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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: For more details, please visit the website:

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