Christian girl enters third year of captivity in Nigeria
On the 19th of February, 2018, Boko Haram kidnapped one hundred and ten schoolgirls from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College located in northeast Nigeria. Five of the girls have not survived the attack, and one-hundred-four girls were released in the months after the attack. One of them is still in captivity.
The jihadist militant terrorist group Boko Haram detained fourteen-year-old Leah Sharibu due to her refusal to deny Christ and convert to Islam. For the past three years, she has been held hostage and deemed a “slave for life” by her captors. The last time Leah was heard from was through a video recording released in August of 2018.
“I am calling on the government and people of goodwill to intervene to get me out of my current situation,” she said. “I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament. I am begging you to treat me with compassion, I am calling on the government, particularly, the president to pity me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you.”
As the third anniversary of her kidnapping approaches, the LEAH Foundation has launched a campaign titled “seven days of prayer”, where each of the days leading up to the 19th has been given a special prayer request. The organisation will also be streaming live on the 19th in a webinar titled “Speak-Up: 3 hours for 3 years”.
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