By now, everyone is probably familiar with the kidnapping of 270 girls in Nigeria by a terrorist organization. To date, these girls have not been returned. They were kidnapped because they dared to want to learn. There were several dozen armed terrorists who came into this town, and set the dormitory of the 16-18 year-old girls on fire. Then they herded the girls into trucks and drove away.
The name of this group, which I refuse to print, means Western Education is a Sin.
These girls are Christians and Muslims, alike. Other schools in the area had been closed because of the concern of this occurring. However, this school had reopened so that the young women could take their final exams and complete their school year. These young women were going to school to follow their dreams.
Instead, they are now being auctioned off at $12 each.
This is an outrage. It is oppression of women at its worst.
So what do we do? I have found one way.
Jessica Sporn, a very talented and generous artist has done a wonderful thing. She has started an on-line auction of donated art to raise money to help bring these girls back. I am one of the participating artists.
The auction starts at 7:00 am Eastern time today and runs through Saturday, May 17, at 3:00 pm Eastern time. You can check it out here.
When something like these happens, we all feel so helpless. We wonder what we, so far away, can possibly do. Well, this is one way. Check out the auction.
If you can’t afford to buy any of the art, then go on Twitter, Instagram and FB and say something. Publicize this auction.
Here are the blogs and websites of the wonderful artists who have so generously donated their art to this cause.
Jessica Sporn http://jessicasporn.blogspot.com
Linda Kittmer http://lindakittmer.blogspot.ca
Ronda Palazzari http://rondapalazzari.typepad.com
Marjie Kemper http://www.marjiekemper.com
Judy Shea http://thekeytomyart.wordpress.com
Glenda Hogland http://pilgrimsthoughts.blogspot.com
Astrid Maclean http://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.com
Lisa Pace http://lisapace.com
Jackie Neal http://creatingwithoutcrayons-jackiepneal.com
Claudine Criner http://claudinesartcorner.blogspot.com
France Papillon http://www.france-papillon.com
Kristin Van Valkenburgh http://TwinkleTwinkleLikeAStar.blogspot.com
Marcia Beckett http://marciabeckett.blogspot.com
Ruth Levy http://lerusho.wordpress.com/
Sally Lynn MacDonald http://www.SallyLynnMacDonald.com
Renee Zarate http://renee-boltonhouse.blogspot.com
Natasha May http://natashamay.blogspot.com/
Carmen Whitehead http://www.serendipitystudiobycw.blogspot.com/
Seth Apter http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/
Marybeth Shaw http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/
Amy Ingardia-Walker http://creativelyquirkyathome.blogspot.com/
Kelly Warren http://happyshackdesigns.blogspot.com
Julie Bernier http://juliebernierphotography.zenfolio.com/
Adrienne Hoban http://www.allure-decor.com/
Krista van Tol http://craftylittlepigtails.blogspot.com
Cheryl Grigsby http://cherylspaperartz.blogspot.com
Jill Meyer www.jillmeyer.com
Lisa Flaherty http://mypeaceofpaper.blogspot.com
Kerry C. Mitchell http://kerrycmitchell.com