Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, Two Escaped Boko Haram Abductees, Graduate From High School in VA, Head to Southeastern University

This is excellent news to read in the midst of the travesty of the unjust verdict handed down in the brutal murder of Philando Castile. These brave young women were abducted, tortured, raped, and held against their will – solely for wanting an education. They have realized their dream; here’s hoping that the girls who remain in captivity will be able to do the same!

#ChibokGirls
#BringBackOurGirls

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GOOD BLACK NEWS

(photo via instagram.com)

by Taryn Finley via huffpost.com

Two of the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 are telling their story. Joy Bishara, 20, and Lydia Pogu, 19, are among the 57 girls who were able to escape from the terrorist group. The duo gave People Magazine a detailed account of horrors they faced when the gunmen invaded their school in Chibok, Nigeria, and the events that followed.

The girls were sleeping when the invasion occurred. They woke to the sounds of gunshots and bombs. Pogu told People that men in uniforms stormed into their dorm and told them they were officers who were there to protect them. But the girls said they knew they weren’t real officers based on the way they described themselves.

“We were all crying and screaming. They told us to keep quiet or they’re going to kill us. So…

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Nigerian Government Negotiates Release of 82 Chibok Girls From Boko Haram

Excellent news, here! I hope to see more reports like this in the near future.
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GOOD BLACK NEWS

(photo via cnn.com)

Lagos, Nigeria – Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls have been released after successful negotiations between the terrorist group Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, the Nigerian President’s office said.

A government official close to the negotiations told CNN the freed girls are in military custody in Banki, a town in northeast Nigeria. They will be transferred to the capital, Abuja, where they will have medical checks and be reunited with their families. They are believed to be among the 276 girls, ages 16 to 18, forced from their beds by Boko Haram militants in the middle of the night in April 2014.

The kidnapping from a boarding school in the town of Chibok sparked global outrage and the social media movement #BringBackOurGirls.”I am very, very excited with this development. I cannot even sleep tonight,” said Yana Galang, whose daughter, Rifkatu…

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Midweek Musings…20 April 2016 * Re-Posted *

This was deserving of a re-post; multiple factors contributed to the decision! I also put the links of a couple of my past posts here, since re-blogging is only allowed once. I think that bloggers should be able to reblog our own posts as many times as we want, but that would probably contribute to laziness – and there are plenty of people who use that excuse far too often, LOL!

BOOP!!!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

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1,000 Days.

Today marks a sad milestone: 1,000 days. Today marks one thousand days in captivity for the majority of the 276 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram back in April of 2014. That’s tragic, frustrating, and quite maddening. Entire families still holding out hope that their daughters and sisters will be returned to them, if they’re even still alive. There have been a few hopeful occurrences recently – for instance, 21 of the girls were released in a deal brokered by the International Red Cross. Also, just the other day, a girl was found and rescued, along with her 6-month-old baby. From BBC News:

The Nigerian army says that one of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls has been found, along with her six-month-old baby. She was discovered by soldiers investigating suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Nigeria’s military said the young woman is undergoing medical checks.

A total of 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram from the town of Chibok in April 2014. About 200 of them are still in captivity. More than 20 were released in October in a deal brokered by the International Red Cross. Others have escaped or been rescued. Over Christmas, 21 of the young women freed under the October deal returned home for the first time.”

However, it turns out that the girls didn’t get to see their families until AFTER the December holiday:

Families of the Nigerian “Chibok girls” freed by Islamist group Boko Haram say they are being closely guarded and were not allowed home for Christmas.

Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in April 2014, but freed 21 of them in October after negotiations with the Red Cross. The freed girls have been in government custody since their release but were brought home to Chibok for Christmas. But family members told the BBC that the girls were kept in a politician’s house and barred from going home. They were also prevented from attending church services with their families.

The girls were take to the house of an assembly member in Chibok to be reunited with their parents but weren’t allowed to go to their own homes. “I can’t believe my daughter has come this close to home but can’t come home,” said one father. “There’s no point bringing them to Chibok only to be locked in another prison. They couldn’t even go to church on Christmas Day.”

Another said a soldier had confiscated his phone when he tried to take a picture of his daughter. He said: “I snapped picture of myself and my daughter but the security guys came and grabbed me by shoulder and snatched the phone from my hands and told me to delete all the picture I took. I told him I’m taking a picture with my daughter who was away for more than two years. He said to me that’s not his business, he deleted all the pictures including other pictures that were not taken there.”

One mother said: “I can’t believe my eyes that now my daughter cannot come home. How can I be happy when they don’t have freedom?”

1,000 days of heartache. 1,000 days of fear, terror, and abuse. 1,000 days of punishment for wanting an education.

Others have forgotten, or simply don’t care. I won’t forget. I can’t forget. I will continue with these updates until they are all returned home…if it takes another thousand days, or more.

#BringBackOurGirls

Final Friday Mashup!

Well, here it is – the Final Friday for September! Today marks a New Moon in Libra, which also happens to be your astrological sign if you have a birthday today.

I have a few things percolating in my mind this morning, so I’ll just toss them out here so that I can clear it! I need fewer distractions in the upcoming weeks, as I plan on doing the NaNoWriMo thing this year – so I want to clear out the dust and cobwebs that are cluttering my poor brain!

Ah, the so-called ‘undecided’ voters…they make me laugh! Seriously, you expect me to believe that you’re still undecided about who to vote for? Yeah, right – hey, if you’re not going to vote, then that’s fine…just quit talking about it if you have no intention on doing so. Otherwise, get out there and vote for whomever you wish – just vote, damnit…VOTE! Bitch about shit the morning of 9 November. Until then, STFU. A lot of people are pretty freakin’ tired of hearing lame excuses on all sides!

Speaking of politics, though, I can safely say that I’m glad to live in Washington State. I’d be cringing in shame if I resided in Maine! Well, actually I wouldn’t, because I wouldn’t have voted for Paul LePage – so his moronic nonsense wouldn’t be my fault. I actually look at the voting records, background, and other pertinent information about politicians from multiple, LEGITIMATE sources…not tabloid bullshit or whacked-out conspiracy theories. A politician’s voting record is relatively easy to find.

Last thing: I registered to vote on my 18th birthday. However, I’ve been politically aware since the age of 10. The school I attended did many mock debates and elections from 5th grade on up, and encouraged us kids to pay attention to politics. Some people out there assume that I know nothing about politics, and have told me so…the non-reasons they gave are beyond laughable, to me!

Next, just a teeny-tiny criticism: people who have no “Like” buttons on their blogs. I fail to understand why they don’t seem to want their posts “Liked,” yet have a comment section which allows for comments to be “Liked.” There are at least five blogs that I follow that don’t have that little “Like” button…I wonder, why the hell not? Why don’t you want readers to “Like” your posts? Inquiring minds want to know, LOL!

Last, but certainly not least – today marks a fairly sad milestone. It has now been 900 days since the 276 girls were kidnapped, at gunpoint, from that school in Chibok, Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The lack of coverage about them is shameful, to say the least. Many people out there rail against abductions – but are mysteriously silent when queried about these specific girls.

900 days. Let that number sink in, if you will. 900 days. There are 1,095 days in three years; 1,096 if you count a Leap Year, so these girls have been away from their families and loved ones for nearly three years. I can’t imagine the grief and heartache involved in wondering, daily, where your child is. Imagining the worst, because you know what the abductors are capable of.

900 days.

#BringBackOurGirls

I’ll close with three songs – why? Because it’s Friday, that’s why! Enjoy the tunes…and have a great day and weekend, all.

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Mother’s Day Musings…2016!

Today is Mother’s Day here in the States. Last year, I did a post titled “Mother’s Day & 391 Days,” which marked how many days the young women abducted by Boko Haram have been gone from their families and loved ones. Today marks day number 755, in case you were wondering. Yes, I still keep vigil for them. They might be forgotten by many, but not by their families. Not forgotten by anyone who knows what it’s like to be abused. Not forgotten by anyone who has had their own child abducted from them by a spouse, family member, friend, or complete stranger.

The Mercury retrograde is so bad, I was remiss in marking the passing of a notable, courageous woman: Afeni Shakur Davis. From CNN:

“Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of one of hip-hop’s most seminal and iconic figures, has died at age 69, the Marin County, California, sheriff’s office said Tuesday. Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur’s mom, Shakur Davis also was a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in her later years.

Deputies responded to a family member’s call reporting “a possible cardiac arrest” at Shakur Davis’ Sausalito home about 9:34 p.m. Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. Shakur Davis was taken to Marin General Hospital, where she died at 10:28 p.m., the office said. There was nothing suspicious about her death and there’s no evidence of foul play, Lt. Doug Pittman said Tuesday. An autopsy was scheduled for later in the day.”

Afeni was a tireless activist, even in the middle of her own personal struggles. She did her best to realize her son’s dream, which is one that all should take note of and strive towards. There was far more to her, and to Tupac, that many are ignorant of – she will be missed.

Afeni Shakur (Davis), nee Alice Faye Williams: 10 January 1947 – 2 May 2016

Enjoy these three, random songs with “Mother” in the title…I don’t think that they’re half bad!

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Midweek Musings…20 April 2016

Just a few, random thoughts are going through my head this morning as I sip my coffee. A year ago today, a young man named Freddie Gray succumbed to horrific injuries sustained at the hands of Baltimore police. His arrest was on 12 April, 2015…it took him eight days to die. Sickening, saddening, and maddening. My heart goes out to his mother and father, family and friends today.

It’s been 737 days since the girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Stolen from their loved ones because they wanted an education. My heart goes out to them and their families today.

It is also 4/20, the day celebrating that lovely little plant, cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. A side-note for Star Trek fans out there, it is also the birthday of one George Takei. Interesting little tidbits for people who are curious, LOL – so, enjoy some music while you find the hidden links!

A Final Thought For Thursday…

***WARNING – MIGHT BE TRIGGERY***

I don’t often do “trigger” warnings, but…if you see yourself in this video, reach out and get support. You are not alone. For anyone and everyone who has survived this, and for anyone and everyone who might unknowingly be enduring it…this is for all of us. Abuse doesn’t have to be physical, either – it presents itself verbally, emotionally, and sexually – even in marriages.

Also, today marks 2 years since those brave young ladies were abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram. They have been gone from their families and loved ones for 731 days.
#BringBackOurGirls

If I could end one thing…

…it would be hate. Ah, Ankara and Brussels…I weep for them.

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Total Eclipse Tuesday!

What an exceptional day! There is a New Moon, and a total solar eclipse occurring, but I won’t get to see it unless I watch the live webcast. From Space.com:

Today (March 8) the moon will pass in front of the sun, causing the first and only total solar eclipse of 2016. For skywatchers around the world, here’s how to see the eclipse and what to expect. The eclipse will be visible across Indonesia, from the islands of Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and Halmahera. A partial eclipse will be visible over southern and eastern Asia, northern and western Australia, and Hawaii. Skywatchers in the rest of the world can watch the eclipse live in a webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory.

International Women’s Day is observed on this day – and the young women abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 694 days.
Today also marks the festival of Maha Shivratri.

Here are three purely random songs…enjoy!

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