Google Search Results and #Bringbackourgirls

In Nigeria, over 230 girls are still missing. I wrote a little bit about this on Monday, when a Boko Haram video surfaced that takes credit for the kidnapping of the girls.


On April 15, which was almost a month ago, almost 300 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 were taken from their school in Nigeria.  Think, for a moment, of how much space 300 people take up. Think, for a moment, how much noise they make. Then think of tanks, gunfire, and arson, all designed to aid in the spiriting away of those people. And imagine the awful space left in hundreds of homes, thousands of lives, after the tanks came through, after the abductors left with their captives.

It’s unthinkable.

And yesterday, someone got to my blog by searching for “bringbackourgirls funny pix.” I cannot even begin to imagine what said person was looking for, what (s)he thought (s)he’d find. I suppose I’m glad that the funniest thing Google could come up with is my site, my post, about which there’s really nothing funny. Then again I wonder how the algorithm picked me as a search result for funny pix of bringbackourgirls.

Human rights violations aren’t funny.


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