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  • Jun23Fri

    Praying For Those Rescued From Captivity

    June 23, 2017 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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    Issues Women Face, Violence
    A village in West Africa
    A village in West Africa
    In April 2014, the world was shocked to learn of the mass kidnapping of 276 mostly-Christian school girls, kidnapped from their beds in a government run boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. The girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a group affiliated with ISIS, who desires to create an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria. The girls ranged in age from 16 – 18 and their kidnapping started a global protest called #bringbackourgirls (Bring Back Our Girls) that saw celebrities and state leaders putting pressure on Nigeria to free the captured girls.

    The insurgency with Boko Haram has displaced more than 2.6million people from their homes, and killed more than 20,000, in just eight years. (source here)

    Fast forward to 2017 and more than 100 girls still remain captive. A small number have escaped on their own, one was freed in a government raid on a forest camp, and last fall a group of 21 girls was released.

    The Chibok girls were in the media spotlight once more in May 2017 when 82 were released in a trade deal that saw Boko Haram leaders freed in a prisoner exchange. The Nigerian government was roundly criticized for not releasing the 21 girls freed last fall to their parents; they remain sequestered in the capital of Abuja for reasons that have not been made clear to media. Human Rights Watch has called on the government to clarify whether the girls are being held as criminal suspects or preventive detention (for their own safety).

    What is clear is that these girls have suffered tremendously in the three years since the kidnapping took place. The Guardian quoted Bukky Shonibare with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign as saying: “Their life in captivity has been one that depicts suffering, it depicts the fact that they have been starved, abused, and as we have seen before some of those girls have come back with children, and some of them have also come back with news of how they have been sexually abused.”

    Fears remain that some of the girls have been forced to wear explosives as suicide bombers, were sold into slavery, and/or were given as brides to soldiers. Along with the Chibok schoolgirls, many children and women have been abducted by Boko Haram for the purpose of creating an Islamic state.

    We can only imagine the trauma and fear these girls have endured, and continue to suffer. These girls face a long road back to health and healing. Let’s remember them in prayer, both those who have been freed and those who remain in captivity.

    We’ve been praying this month with the TWR Women of Hope Prayer Calendar for victims of trafficking, prostitution, and rape. The kidnapping of the Chibok girls was greatly publicized, but every day young girls and women are suffering similarly. TWR Women of Hope is committed to sharing the love of Jesus to all women, helping them find true hope and healing, regardless of their circumstances. We are also committed to faithfully praying on their behalf. Thank you for your continued prayers.