SUA Students Pray for Kidnapped Nigerian Girls
The students, faculty, and staff at St. Ursula Academy in East Walnut Hills/Cincinnati have begun a prayer campaign for the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Islamic insurgents in Nigeria last month, and plan to help publicize their plight.
“The group claiming responsibility, Boko Haram, is a group whose proclaimed goal is to stop ‘westernizaton’ and specifically the education of girls and women,” says SUA spokesperson Jill Cahill. “In fact, the words Boko Haram can be translated to mean ‘Western education is a sin.’
“These girls have not been located or rescued and may now face being sold into the sex trafficking industry or sold and married off to insurgents. In a school whose very mission is to empower young women and educate them to be strong, confident, independent thinkers and leaders, this story is very disturbing.”
SUA will pray every day for the kidnapped girls, as well as for their families and all people trying to rescue them, during all-school prayer time. They will also light a candle for the girls by the St. Joseph statue in the chapel, and will include a prayer for them in the liturgy closing out the school year.
Staff will send out information and updates about the story through email and announcements, and publicize ways to advocate for the girls and help support their rescue.
“Based on the values of our founding Sisters, we believe in the value, strength and gifts of women,” says St. Ursula Academy President Lelia Keefe Kramer (class of ’77). “I am proud that our nurturing community has mobilized and found some ways to help, even though we are so far from Nigeria.”
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