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Another ray of hope in the Chibok Schoolgirl narrative occurred on Saturday, Nov. 5. Nigerian government spokesman Sani Usman told media that Maryam Ali Maiyanga was discovered in Pulka, northern Borno state. Soldiers screening escapees from Boko Haram’s base in the Sambisa forest on Saturday morning identified Maryam as one of the lost Chibok schoolgirls. She was carrying a 10-month-old baby boy she named Ali when the soldiers found her. “She has been taken to the unit’s medical facility for proper medical checkup,” said Usman.
Bring Back Our Girls, a worldwide organization that began in California, stated that Maryam comes from Askira Uba and was number 198 on its register of the kidnapped girls. She was abducted along with her twin sister, who has not yet been returned. Praise the Lord for Maryam’s escape! Pray that the other kidnapped girls will be found or released soon. Pray for His sustaining grace to those who remain in captivity. Pray that Maryam and the other released girls will experience much grace, healing, and peace as they go through physical and emotional care after their traumatic experiences in captivity
Source: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, DW
Father of mercy, we give You praise and great thanksgiving for the return of one more of the Chibok schoolgirls. Thank you for preserving her life and her faith. May Your hand of grace and healing be on Maryam and the others who have been released as they recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Comfort them and their families and grant them Your peace. Let this child of hers be a reminder not of the trauma she encountered, but of Your grace in returning her to safety. And our hearts continue to cry out to You on behalf of the others who were abducted. Sustain them, Father, in the midst of painful hardship and waning hope. Be ever present with them and return them soon to their families. In the name of Jesus, who hears the cries of their hearts, Amen.