Happy Mother's Day around the world!
Nearly 50 countries celebrate Mother's Day. But not a happy Mother's Day when the hearts of mothers of those kidnapped Nigerian girls, are breaking. Nearly 300 girls in the night, wrenched from their boarding school beds a month ago. Those who took them have threatened to sell the girls as sex slaves. Many American men have taken to the streets with placards, "Real Men Don't Buy Girls," including actors Sean Penn, Justin Timberlake, Ashton Kutcher.
The second Sunday in May is Mother's Day, today May 11, 2014 in the U.S.A., Malta, Singapore, Peru, Taiwan, Turkey, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Slovakia, Switzerland. Make it Mother's Day today in Nigeria, too.
Release those kidnapped girls today!
Costa Rica celebrates Mother's Day on August 15, the Feast of Mother Mary's Assumption into Heaven, body and soul. In Great Britain, "Mothering Sunday" is celebrated the fourth Sunday of Lent. In Nigeria, celebrate Mother's Day today. Release those girls.
South Africa, Hungary, Spain, Portugal and Lithuania celebrate mothers the first Sunday in May. In Nigeria, celebrate Mother's Day today, release the kidnapped girls.
Mexico, Norway, Thailand, all have a special today to celebrate mothers. As do countries in Africa, Latin America, and all around the world. In Nigeria, celebrate Mother's Day today, release the kidnapped girls.
In Nigeria or Chad or wherever they are, release the kidnapped girls today. First Lady Michelle Obama, the mother of two young girls, has made a personal plea for their release. It's Mother's Day. Release those girls today. Mrs. Obama is holding a placard: #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS.
Tweet the girls' locations and then just walk away. These girls are studying to help Nigeria. They are the help. Actor Tom Hanks ended his commencement speech to the class of 2005 at my alma mater, Vassar College, telling graduates, "Be the help." These young girls are working hard to help Nigeria. To help the many. Real men don't need sex slaves.
Please! It is time to let the innocents go home. It's Mothers' Day.
Lonna Saunders is an attorney and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.