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Raising Awareness for Nigerian School Girls
Saugatuck Congregational Church places 300 flags on lawn
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Westport, CT | Added on May 28, 2014 At 09:15 PM

It’s been weeks since the terrorist grou Boko Haram kidnapped girls in Nigeria for simply attending school.  Little progress has been made since then and now a Westport Church is taking action.

 “So this is 300 Nigerian flags, each of them has a ribbon tied to the post that either has the first name of one of the young woman abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria or has the words "child of God – name unknown," explained Rev. Alison Patton of Saugatuck Congregational Church in Westport.

It’s an idea stemming from a mininster in northeast Connecticut, who suggested the churches distribute the names of the abducted girls on slips of paper.

 “Because we have this open space, someone said what would it be like if we put these names on our lawn so others could see them," said Rev. Patton. "And then our Associate Minister, Alex Marshall, said what if we do that by putting out flags.”

 It's a simple act of awareness. But, considering all the cars passing, it could have big impact.

 “I think what I always appreciate about an installation like this is how folks respond.  How the creativity of a couple of people can come together that in one way is very simple and small, taking up afew feet of lawn space,  and yet stimulates conversations, feels meaningful and yet gets us to ask what is the next thing we can do," said Patton.

Installed on May 25 th, the flags will remain here on the Saugatuck church lawn for another two weeks.

 

 


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