You may have heard of the ongoing art project, "BloomsofNigeria" created to bring attention to the plight of the 300 Nigerian kidnapped girls. Illustrators Rebecca Bradley and Janna Morton have asked female artists to create a flower for each of the 180 known girls. I was honored to be asked to contribute to such a worthy project in the hopes of drawing attention and help create a visible reminder to the situation. It is easy to be overwhelmed and difficult to wrap your head around the magnitude of the tragedy when you hear the numbers. The beauty of this project is that here is power in bringing to light the name of an single child, one with hopes and dreams just like all of us. Somehow, it makes it more real and powerful to know the names of an individual. You can see the names and flowers for more girls on tumblr.
This is for you Yana... stay strong.