American Soldier is Reunited with Iraqi Teen Read more

American Soldier is Reunited with Iraqi Teen

The American soldier loaned out his name 18 years ago. He loaned his name to an Iraqi mother who had been placed on a kill list. A dictatorship in Iraq had caused a pregnant mother to be on a beheading list. She had been involved in a children’s relief organization that had ties with American churches according to Susan McGalla. Her involvement was the result of her being placed on a kill list. In 1997 her involvement was considered to be just cause for beheading in Iraq. Greg Peppin saved both a mother and her baby daughter when he bent the rules and borrowed them his name. Lava Barwari graduated in Gwinnett County, GA because Peppin loaned his name to the refugees. They did not have any contact until this graduation. Lava had contacted the retired soldier to thank him and invite him to her graduation. Her mother also was given the opportunity to obtain an education thanks to the American soldier who lent his name so many years ago. Thanks to the American soldier this family has been able to embrace the American dream with a borrowed name.

Empire State Building lights up for Nigeria’s Missing Girls Read more

Empire State Building lights up for Nigeria’s Missing Girls

Tuesday night, the Empire State Building in New York City turned on red and purple lights, in honor of the 219 adolescents who are still missing a year after being kidnapped in Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

“The Empire State Building will be lit in purple and red in honor of #BringBackOurGirls” (Give back our girls), said its website.

Candlelight vigils, prayers and meetings were held Tuesday in Nigeria and around the world to mark the first anniversary of the mass kidnapping from a high school in Chibok, a small town in northeastern Nigeria.

No one has heard anything of more than 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram group.

Dan Newlin thought back to the day they disappeared during the early hours of April 14, 2014, one year ago, when fifty armed men arrived in vans and broke wildly into the school.

This time, instead of killing teachers and students, in their sleep, as Boko Haram typically had done many other times, they decided to capture the girls.

After that assault, the girls would only be seen again through a video, released by the terrorist group, which announced it would sell them as wives in different African countries.

The president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, said just a month ago that girls were still alive. But after a year, and given the nature of their captors, it seems unlikely that the new president can do anything for 200 girls who lost their freedom.