DUT CITY CAMPUS SAYS “BRING BACK OUR GIRLS”
By Winston Sibanda
Durban University of Technology’s City Campus opened its gates to the public as its journalism students hosted the “Bring Back Our Girls” awareness campaign.
The campaign which took place on Friday had the name Black Friday and pulled a crowd. Students from different institutions took turns to say messages of hope for the safety of the Nigerian girls who have been missing for almost a month. These girls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram Islamic militants.
Black Friday was Londiwe Gumede’s brain child and she is currently doing 2nd year in journalism at DUT. According to her, the campaign was to bring awareness about the seriousness of the matter. She said she was disappointed by the way youths viewed the global Bring Back Our Girls campaign. She said some make jokes about the initiative on social media.
She expressed disappointment in how people lack love for one another.
Gumede said, “I do not view those girls as people I don’t know. They are like my sisters and I have this bitterness in me when I imagine what they might be going through wherever they are and some people make me angry when they joke about this.”
Ayanda Amashwabade who is studying journalism at ICESA described the event as encouraging. She said it gives her hope in the journalism career.
She said, “Communities link journalism with gossiping, it is a pleasure to see upcoming journalist coming together and speaking out. As journalists we are the voice for the voiceless so it’s time we say enough is enough.”
She said a lot of students from ICESA were present at the awareness regardless of it being the college’s holiday.
DUT Journalism program coordinator, Maud Blose, said she was proud of the initiative taken by her students. She said it showed that as journalism students they have been following the media coverage of the story and they have assumed their role as journalist in terms of speaking out and trying to bring change. She applauded them for taking initiative.
Blose said,” I am proud because my students saw the need to be part of a global campaign. This happened thousands of kilometers away, but they have taken the initiative to try and bring change.”
She stated that the militants are against the whole world and she was amazed by the amount of time the girls have been missing and how the world has done nothing to rescue them from such a small group.
Nathi Ntuli who is a poet said the struggle for rescuing the girls had just begun. He said he will use his skills in recording a poetic song against the Boko Haram. He said the word had spoken and it was time for the girls to go back home.