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14-year old Fatima* is from North East Nigeria.

We have the problem of armed groups in Borno. Because armed groups are violent. They look for female students and take them.

Parents don’t want to take their children to school because girls will be abducted and married off. They prefer to get them married instead. 

They prefer boys going to school because they feel boys are very important. They don’t regard girls education in the same way.

Read Fatima's poem below.

You will not be a cow.

You will not be like a cow

A cow is used instead of a tractor

Who faeces into his food

Because you came with your intelligence

 

Don’t be like a cow

Who preferred grass to be his food

Because you come with your intellect

And tell anybody that you come with your intelligence

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