a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
During the night of April 14, 2014, 276 girls were abducted
from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok,
Borno State, Nigeria, by local terrorists known
Jama atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda a Waati Wal Jihad;
better known as Boko Haram (which roughly
translates as “Western education is forbidden”).
Parents searched deep into the forest for the girls.
It is presumed the girls have been forced to convert
and were married off in neighboring Cameroon and
Chad; and/or forced to join the terrorists. To date (2015)
57 girls have escaped. In 2018, many of the original
girls were released after extensive government efforts.
On both sides of the Atlantic mothers and fathers
are crying for their children. From Ferguson to
Chibok, mothers are crying for their children
murdered and stolen away. The Nigerian writer
Uzodinma Iweala, says “Kidnapping causes a long
-term rupture in the psyche of those kidnapped and
those who wait for their return. It doesn’t end.”
The red in this quilt is symbolic of the spirit of hope and
resistance – that resides both within the girls, the
culture, and is all around us. It is the color of
the women’s protest movement #bringbackourgirls, in
Nigeria and the international community. I want to
honor the memory of those girls lost and missing
from Chibok and surrounding areas.
Power to the generations!
More information about this quilt can be found in the following video from the Sacred Threads exhibition, via the Quilt Alliance YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/vQG1_XVMaG8