The Islamist group Boko Haram
— which, and I'm not kidding
, means "Western education is a sin" — is apparently warring against Nigeria's civilians in an attempt to make the country an Islamic state. In February, gunmen shot and burned
59 boarding-school students, and on April 15 kidnapped some 300 teenage girls ostensibly so that they could be sold into sexual slavery. (Some 50 have escaped.)
It's the latest in a mind-boggling rash of kidnappings in the country — 2,285 in the first four months of 2014 alone, writes FiveThirtyEight
. "Whichever way we look at it, the latest rise in kidnappings in Nigeria seems historically significant."
The government's poor response — Nigeria's president took three weeks
to even address the crisis — has left parents and supporters with little to do, except for events like tomorrow's. So, at 7:30 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
NAACP State Conference invites all comers to attend a candlelight vigil for the kidnapped children.