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$20 per doll sold will be donated to Borno Womenâs Development Initiative (BOWDI). BOWDI, an NGO (non-governmental non-profit organization), is a movement to educate and train girls and women, especially in those areas affected by insurgent attacks. Living in areas with unstable living condition, violence and many in refugee camps, these women and girls are without education or relevance. BOWDI is focused on supporting and empowering the women and girls with classroom education, and health education and skills training.
The Hope They Find Their Way Home
In April 2014, members of the jihadist group Boko Haram ambushed an all-girls boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria in the middle of the night and kidnapped 276 female students, ages 16-18, before vanishing into the forest.
In recognition of this atrocity, Marita Dingus created her Nigerian Girls installation with 200 dolls (2014). Since that time, many of the girls have found their way home, including more returning home as recent as 2021.
However, as of 2022, eight years after the kidnapping, over 100 girlsâ whereabouts are still unknown. In this VCA Gallery installation of Maritaâs Nigerian Girls, there are 112 dolls representing the young women who are still missing or dead.
The girls kidnapped in Chibok in 2014 are only a small percentage of the total number of people abducted by the Islamic terrorist group Boka Haram. The group continues to raid schools and villages capturing both young women and men.
We see these dolls as an item to have in your home or sacred space in remembrance of the ongoing atrocities inflicted on girls and women. And the hope that they will find their way home.
If you choose to purchase one of the dolls, we want you to choose the dolls that speaks to you and take her with you. As the month proceeds, we are hoping the number of dolls in the installation dwindles as each doll finds a home.
And as all the dolls find their new home, we hold on to the hope that the remaining missing young women will also find their way home.
- Lynann Politte, Gallery Director