Nigerian Girl Refuses to Deny Christ to Boko Haram and Remains in Captivity—While Others Are Freed
[Seen above: The girls from Dapchi who were released by Boko Haram]
On February 19, in the Nigerian town of Dapchi, Boko Haram militants rushed the town and kidnapped 110 girls from a boarding school.
Yesterday, we received news that the girls were released “through back-channel efforts and with the help of some friends of the country and it was unconditional,” Nigerian Information Minister, Lai Mohammed said. He also said no ransom was paid.
However, one of the girls, Leah Sharibu, is still in captivity. Her father, Nata Sharibu, told local media he heard that it was because she is a Christian—and refused to convert to Islam.
“Boko Haram insurgents decided not to release my daughter because she refused to denounce Christ,” Sharibu told reporters. “I am happy for that, even though as a father I wish she had returned home as the rest. But God is in control.”
There are also unconfirmed reports that five others died in captivity. According to the BBC, one of the freed girls, in a phone conversation with a relative, said the five had been crushed to death as they were herded into vehicles and driven away.
April will mark the four-year anniversary of the 276 Chibok girls who were abducted by Boko Harm from a secondary school in Nigeria. This event caught the world’s attention through the international social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls. To date, 107 of the kidnapped Chibok girls have either been released or escaped.
Today, we thank the Lord for the release of the girls from Dapchi, but we ask you to continue to pray for Leah Sharibu and the countless other girls who remain in captivity with the militant group Boko Haram.
Please remember Leah (pictured here) and ask God to continue to strengthen her faith during this tragedy. Pray for courage, comfort and her freedom. #RememberLeah
Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.
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