Adaobi could not believe the news she had just heard, the entire izge village was in uproar. The news of the kidnap of the girls of Maraba Girls High School had gone round the village. Her girls had been kidnapped! The same ones she had taught mathematics in a classroom could not be found – Binta, Aisha, Jamila, Halima, Fatima and Zaria were among her favourites – She found herself at the primary health care center where she lay on a mat, trying as hard as she could to stand but could not. She had taken a day off work on account of malaria, or so the nurse said, although no blood tests were conducted, it was just assumed that it must be malaria since she had seen her period few days before.