Release Leah Sharibu and other abducted girls by Boko Haram!
Boko Haram terrorist Group has just released 100 girls this weekend but with a warning-“Don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”
The militants rolled into Dapchi, Nigeria, around 2 a.m. in nine vehicles and the girls were left in the center of town, witnesses said. The Boko Haram extremists reportedly told residents they “did it out of pity. And don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”
Out of the abducted girls, school girl Leah Sharibbu refused to denounce her faith despite persuasion by the rest of her abducted school friends. Boko Haram thus refused to release her while releasing the rest .The only Christian girl among the Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram last month could have been freed along with her schoolmates but refused to renounce her faith, according to her mother. Leah Sharibu refused to accept Islam, resisting the entreaties of her classmates to pretend to do so, her parents learned from snatched conversation with her friends.
Leah asked her friends to tell her parents to pray for her, they said, but her mother could not find out anything else about how her daughter was, as the army then ordered all of the released girls to report to the hospital.
Early on Wednesday morning, Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of Leah, 15, heard girls’ voices and the sound of vehicles driving past her house. She was told to stay inside, but when she heard the cars coming back after dropping the girls off, she ran out. All around her were joyful parents and their returned daughters. But she could not find Leah anywhere.
A faction of Boko Haram kidnapped 110 girls and one boy from the girls’ school in Dapchi, a town in north-east Nigeria, in February, and released most of them a month later, after what the government described as “back-channel” negotiations. Five were killed, possibly trampled to death in the overcrowded trucks as they were being abducted.
Boko Haram horrified the world when it abducted 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok more than four years ago. While some escaped and many others were released as part of negotiations, about 100 still remain with their captors. Some girls were forced to marry their captors, and many had children fathered by the militants.
Boko Haram has been a religious extremist insurgent group that abducts innocent girls and forces them to renounce their faith besides marrying them off and making them sex and work slaves.
Please help us pray for Leah Sharibu and all the remaining abducted girls by the insurgent group. Also help us hold the Nigerian Government accountable for not helping finish off or control the Boko Haram insurgent group.
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