I had the opportunity to connect with Kaddy, this incredible artist out of Germany.
We met about a week ago when she started following me so I ventured over to her blog to see what she was up to.
I was immediately drawn to her work. The talent and the passion behind her art is striking. I mean it blows my mind how she’s been under the radar this long.
So I asked her if she would consider doing a piece for the 300 some Nigerian girls recently kidnapped because it’s so easy for us to stay inside OUR world and forget what’s affecting those outside of it.
This is a call of attention to the 300 young women, who risked their lives and their freedom by going back to their boarding school to take their final exams so they could graduate high school and have an opportunity to be more in life.
The same opportunity many of us take for granted every day when we skip class or bitch about how much we hate school.
Knowing the terroist group, Boko Haram, was nearby, these girls still took this risk because without graduating, there would be little chance that they could rise out of poverty and provide more for their families. Because without graduating, their chance at success would be significantly lessened.
So they went back, for 2 weeks, just to take those final exams. And then they were gone.
And now there are mothers who may not ever see their daughters again.Who won’t be able to tell them how proud they are of them when they graduate. Who may not ever get a chance celebrate their daughters 18th birthday. Or see her get her first ‘real’ job.
While we were celebrating Mothers day, these mothers may not ever be able to have another Mothers Day again.
Kaddy took me up on my request and created this powerful piece that really affected me. It is so potent with emotion, it puts into perspective a lot of the shit that I take for granted.
You can view Kaddys ode to these fearless young women HERE.
And Kaddy – thank you.