My girlfriend commented after watching "12 Years A Slave" that the part that was hardest for her was knowing that even in today's society she or her family could be kidnapped and sold. I heard her and I agree that kidnapping is terrifying, but a recent a story drove her point home even further.
Nigerian Girls Kidnapped
This is the awful kind of stuff that happened during slavery in our country. We don't see it or hear about it anymore. Although I'm sure it does go on in the US, we certainly don't hear about it. But in Africa, this is common place. Granted, it's not typically 200 at a time, but girls and kids are stolen from their families, raped, pillaged and/or sold into guerrilla warfare.
It's very easy for us to put Africans and what happens there out of our minds because we're so far removed from it and bogged down by our "first world problems". It's near and dear to my heart though. My sweet, wonderful sister-in-law is a refugee from Sudan. She spent years in a refugee camp in Uganda before her Dad could afford to bring her and her Mom and sisters to the US.
It could've EASILY been her that had been kidnapped. It was certainly girls just like her. That is horrid. It's a terrible, awful thing that's happening over there. What's bothering me is A) my inability to help them, B) the seeming disinterest of the international community to jump to their aid and C) the unwillingness of the African government to accept offers to aid them in retrieving the girls.
It's also bothersome that at the top of www.nbcnews.com was a headline about Monica Lewinksy, a climate crisis article, and more (seemingly endless) junk about the missing jet. I'm not saying the people on the jet aren't important. I'm saying they're likely at the bottom of the damn ocean. These girls are alive (for now) and retrievable.
So all of the sudden I see exactly why the kidnapping aspect of the movie was the hardest for my friend. It IS the scariest...because it's still happening. How do we stop it?