Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, Two Escaped Boko Haram Abductees, Graduate From High School in VA, Head to Southeastern University

From Victim to Victory!!


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by Taryn Finley via

Two of the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 are telling their story. Joy Bishara, 20, and Lydia Pogu, 19, are among the 57 girls who were able to escape from the terrorist group. The duo gave People Magazine a detailed account of horrors they faced when the gunmen invaded their school in Chibok, Nigeria, and the events that followed.

The girls were sleeping when the invasion occurred. They woke to the sounds of gunshots and bombs. Pogu told People that men in uniforms stormed into their dorm and told them they were officers who were there to protect them. But the girls said they knew they weren’t real officers based on the way they described themselves.

“We were all crying and screaming. They told us to keep quiet or they’re going to kill us. So…

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Sylvester on a Rainy Father’s day Caturday 

Remember that Daily Prompt post about blankets a couple of months ago? The one where I showed you Sylvester blankets vs my blankets. Well Sylvester has decided to bogart and take over my blankets that I store in the right side of my closet. He has not laid on his blankets which are on the left side since I wrote that first post. 

Sleepy Sylvester 

Precipice of my life

She has expressed a lot of what I have gone through and sometimes still go through in the U.S.A. Sadly girls and women are targets for these predators. Last year the threat became real but fortunately I was able to transfer to a different company location and I changed my shift. No matter where you live it can be dangerous to be female. I have male friends but find it difficult to establish any type of intimate relationship. Perhaps with therapy I can get to the point where I will meet the right man and have a companion for my senior years (I’m nearly 60).

Rosy Poetry and Thoughts

IMGL4310‘In time we hate that which we often fear’  William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

For a long time I resented(sometimes mistook for being afraid)  of the male species. Years and years of experience solidified that in my young mind. When I was about 11 years old my family had a financial crisis (the one we’ve all experienced)  so we had to move a lot to places where we could set up new business and find cheap life. And in all the places we went there was always a piece of harassment.

At one point,  we settled down in a small town in Western Kenya the almost ideal place and immediately my family set up a small hotel(the best we could manage at the time😁).There is where my fears began I believe.  Since we were located near the bus stage,  the matatu touts and bus drivers…

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