The most recent episode of LoveWorld USA News with Holly McClure did another special segment on the horrifying abduction of young girls in Nigeria by the Muslim extremist terror group Boko Haram.
Here’s a small victory from a country with immense persecution of children. You remember the story of girls captures by Boko Haram from their school. Families got a miracle when all the girls were after returned. All except one, who happened to be a Christian. One of the 110 girls, freed by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria, described the moment they were abducted at their boarding a month ago.
She said they fired gunshots before having the girls make their way to the school gate and onto a bus where they gave them food and drink. Sha added that she knew of at least one girl who wasn’t released with the rest of the girls because she was a Christian. She was held back, we were freed because we are Muslim girls and they didn’t want us to suffer.
The fighters left the girls in the center of town. As terrifies residents emerged from their homes, the extremist said that this was a warning to you all. Never put your daughters in school again.
The Information Minister said in a statement that no ransom was paid and that the girls were released through back-channel efforts with the help of some friends of the country. It was unconditional.
The mass abduction and the government response brought back painful memories of the 2014 attack on a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. Boko Haram militants abducted 276 girls and about 100 of them never returned. Some girls were forced to marry their captors, and many had children fathered by the militants.
The literal meaning of the name Boko Haram is ‘Western education is forbidden’ in the Hausa language.
Nigeria is number fourteen on Open Doors world watch list. Pray for those girls and their families.