REPORTS SAY NEARLY 300 GIRLS, WOMEN RESCUED FROM TERROR CAMPS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA
Several news organizations reported today the apparent rescue of 200 girls and 93 women who had been abducted by Boko Haram Islamic terrorists in northeastern Nigeria.
According to CNN, the group was rescued from Boko Haram terror camps in the Sambisa Forest by the Nigerian Army on Tuesday. However, it is unlikely the rescued group included any of the over 200 girls who were abducted last April from a school in the village of Chibok. The Sambisa Forest is a stronghold for Boko Haram and is not far from Chibok.
The army said the rescued women and girls are being screened and they have not spoken to their families yet.
According to the military, the Tokumbere camp which was raided is the most notorious of several camps. It is where the training of small children by Boko Haram is said to have occurred. In recent weeks, Nigerian troops and vigilantes have moved into the Sambisa Forest to seek kidnapped girls and drive out Boko Haram terrorists.
Praise the Lord for the rescue and pray with Open Doors that the women and girls will receive adequate physical and emotional care. Continue to pray that the Chibok girls will also be found and brought back to their suffering families.
Open Doors partners with local churches to strengthen, support, equip and provide assistance in northern Nigeria through such programs as Bible distribution, training seminars, assistance to Christian schools, emergency support, trauma counseling, legal assistance and implementation of socio-economic projects for new believers and widows of Christian leaders who have been killed.
Nigeria is ranked No. 10 on Open Doors’ 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
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