500 Days In Captivity For Chibok Girls
Last week marked 500 days in captivity for the 219 Chibok school girls who were kidnapped by an extremist group that is located primarily in Northern Nigeria militants in April 2014.
You might recall the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, representing a campaign to free these girls. Yet to date, none of the 219 Chibok school girls have been rescued.
Tragically, hundreds of girls and women remain in captivity in Nigeria. And in addition to the kidnappings of the Chibok girls, hundreds of churches have been burned in Nigeria and thousands of people have lost their lives in brutal violence.
Jubilee Campaign, an international human rights organization, has been documenting terrorist attacks against civilians in Nigeria. According to Jubilee Campaign’s recent report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, “Attacks have primarily been carried out by Islamic jihadists, namely Boko Haram and The Fulani are a large ethnic group in West Africa. A third of all Fulani people are pastoralists, making them the largest nomadic community in the world. herdsmen.” The report adds that “Christian victims have overwhelmingly suffered from these ongoing attacks.”
This year Nigeria rose to No. 10 on Open Doors World Watch List (from No. 14 last year). Attacks by Boko Haram, most notably the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls, contributed to the country’s rise on the list.
Pray for women and girls in Nigeria who risk kidnapping simply to get an education. And take a moment to share this blog post with your friends and family. Tweet about the ongoing captivity of the Chibok school girls using the hashtag #500days.
Learn more about how to pray for Nigeria by visiting the Open Doors World Watch List.