Human Rights Watch Report
Human Rights Watch released its report yesterday on Boko Haram and the treatment of those who have been abducted by the group in Nigeria. Their report is based on interviews of “30 individuals who were abducted by Boko Haram between April 2013 and April 2014, and 16 others who witnessed the abductions. The victims, including 12 students of the Chibok School who escaped from Boko Haram custody after they were abducted, provided further details of the abuses they endured.”
At least 500 women and girls have been abducted since 2009 . The Human Rights Watch report calls on the international community and the Nigerian government to take action to protect women and girls. It asks for the capture and prosecution of those involved in all human rights abuses, including government militias and even government troops, applying transparent international standards of fair trial.
The summary I read concludes, “Human Rights Watch urges Boko Haram to comply with the principles of international humanitarian and human rights law and to end immediately the killing, maiming, rape, and abduction of Nigeria’s civilian population including students, which has suffered greatly over the past five years.”
Into the Go-Slow
I loved reading about Into the Go-Slow, in this post by Ainehi Edoro in her blog Brittle Paper. She says, “Stories about African Americans going off to Africa in search of things past and lost have become familiar. But Into the Go-Slow (2014), by American novelist, Bridgett Davis, breathes a new life into this classic motif.”
Edoro praises the author for her ability to convey the atmosphere of Lagos and Kano. She says, “The part of Angie’s (the heroine’s) story set in Lagos is a series of intriguing encounters with the chaotic welter of Africa’s most loved and most frustrating city.”
A wonderful description of Lagos – chaotic indeed, but always fascinating. I wonder how Bridgett Davis became connected to Nigeria. Maybe I’ll email her and ask!
I want to read this book. Do you? You can find it at The Feminist Press.
I had to call an ambulance on Sunday to take my husband to the emergency room at Norwalk Hospital. He has c-diff, which my daughter could explain but I can’t. Maybe you know of it? He’s recovering well.
I’m telling you because I want to share the story of the Westport Emergency Medical Services team arriving at our house. When I called, the person who answered asked if he had traveled recently. I answered, “He returned from Nigeria six weeks ago. He was not in contact with anyone related to Ebola in any way.”
I was looking out the window as the ambulance arrived. I was surprised to see not just the ambulance in the driveway but also a police car blocking our small road. I walked down the steps, opened the front door, and walked out to greet them and show them in. “Stop right there!” one of the drivers called out, holding up his hand in warning. “Don’t come any further.” I went back inside.
The phone rang; it was one the Emergency Medical team members calling me. I waved to him as I answered his questions. He said he had to call a couple of physicians and would let me know if they could transport my husband.
Eventually they must have received reassurance. The police left and the EMS people came in to help Clem into their waiting vehicle. The man who had ordered me to stop apologized. “I’m sure you can understand why we were worried,” he said.
These volunteers are a valuable and valued resource in Westport. I am grateful to them. And I wonder if they’ve had other Ebola scares.