FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: BOKO HARAM SURVIVORS’ NEW LIFE IN U.S.June 16, 2017
The weekend is here and we can’t help but have you start it with a Feel Good Friday story!
Do you remember the 300 girls that were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria? Well, we’re glad to say that in the past few months, 100 girls have been released thanks to the movement on social media that many were part of, including A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama. The hashtag #BringBackOurGirls went viral, resulting in negotiations between Boko Haram and the government.
Now, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, (two of the 300 girls), are living a new life in America. Both have recently graduated high school and, according to People, plan to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. The young ladies are also said to be living the American Dream, after growing up in Chibok, where they had no running water or technology.
And it seems like they’re getting very used to the new lifestyle. Joy said her father always forbade her to own a cell phone and was shocked to see that most American kids had one.
Lydia was also surprised to see girls wearing pants. She admitted that when she first came to America, she told herself she would never wear pants. Lydia now loves her skinny jeans!
Both young women are starting a new life now, and look forward to their future. Lydia wants to become a lawyer because she’s interested in helping people, and Joy wants to be a doctor to save lives.
We’re happy for their safe return and are praying for the many other girls who still need to be rescued. We hope for the best.