On April 15, 2014 more than 200 girls and young women were abducted from a school in Nigeria from a radical Islamic group. This Nigerian Terrorist group, called “Boko Haram,” which means,”Western education is sinful,” has been on the move killing over 3,000 people this year alone through various attacks, one being hours before the abduction of these girls. As the weeks go by, this issue continues to bother me as I ask myself,”What can I do?” Good thing is I am not alone. This issue has reached all around the world through the power of multiple social media campaigns where people have created a “voice” through signs with hashtag,”#BringBackOurGirls.” This internet “buzz” has become magnetic as all forms of media reports on this issue and continue to build awareness! To the people who say this is not my issue, I say, THIS IS OUR ISSUE. If unity is important to you and you believe in the power of prayer and love for all mankind, this most definitely involves you. It demands the response of the world to hold these terrorist groups responsible for their actions. I am not suggesting how you need to help, but suggesting that whatever part you plan to solicit, it will matter!
Below is an email that I received years ago that helps drive the point…
A mouse looked through the
Crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife
Open a package.
“What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered –
He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the
Warning. “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a
Mousetrap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head
And said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern
To you but it is of no consequence to me.
I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is
A mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the
house!” The pig sympathized, but said,
“I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse,
But there is nothing I can do about it but pray.
Be assured you are in my prayers.”
The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a
Mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”
The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse.
I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and
Dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap– alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the
House — like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.
In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake
Whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer’s wife.
The farmer rushed her
To the hospital and she returned home with a fever..
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken
Soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for
The soup’s main ingredient.
But his wife’s sickness continued,
So friends and neighbors came
To sit with her around the clock.
To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer’s wife did not get well; she died.
So many people came
For her funeral, the farmer
Had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for
All of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the
Wall with great sadness.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a
Problem and think it doesn’t concern you,
When one of us is threatened,
We are all at risk.
We are all involved in this journey called life.
We must keep an eye out
For one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.
Xoxo Chiccy Baritone
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