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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Releases Video of Chibok Girls

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Releases Video of Chibok Girls

The Bring Back Our Girls movement is back in the spotlight after a group claiming to be Boko Haram released a new video saying some of the abducted girls were killed in Nigerian airstrikes.

In the disturbing video, the group says it is still holding around 50 of the 276 Chibok girls abducted over two years ago and is willing to exchange them for imprisoned Boko Haram terrorists.

The video also shows one of the kidnapped Chibok girls describing the hardships the remaining girls held deep in the Sambisia Forest face daily at the hands of the terrorists.

She pleads with parents from the community to pressure the Nigerian government to release the jailed militants in exchange for the girls’ release.

Source: Christian Broadcasting Network

 Prayer Points

  • Pray that each kidnapped girl will know that not even Boko Haram can separate them from God’s unfailing love, despite the horrors they endure daily (Romans 8:35-39).
  • Ask God to provide a way for each of the Chibok girls and others who have been abducted to be returned home soon.
  • Pray that those who have escaped or been rescued will not be stigmatised for their association with Boko Haram but will be loved and cared for as they return to their families.

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Focuses on Christians

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Focuses on Christians

Boko Haram has gained new leadership in Abu Musab al-Barnawi as its new ‘governor’ for West Africa. This information was published in the Islamic State’s Al-Naba magazine, published on 2 August. Additionally, in the published article, Abu Musab al-Barnawi spoke of “booby-trapping and blowing up every church that we are able to reach, and killing all of those who we find from the citizens of the Cross.”

It has been over two years since Boko Haram entered the main stage of terror in Nigeria. In April 2014, the militant group kidnapped 276, mostly Christian, teenage girls from a boarding school in Chibok; 219 of these girls are still missing.

Boko Haram has continued to wage a war of terror against the people of Nigeria, specifically in the north-eastern region. The group has killed thousands of people, deployed children as suicide bombers, and destroyed the future for countless young women and girls. Last year, the militant group pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State, around the same time that the Nigerian military began its offensive against the group.

Now, they have threatened to specifically target Christians and churches in the African nation after feeling threatened by the “Christianising” of Nigerian society.

Source: International Christian Concern 

Prayer Points

  • Pray the Lord’s protection will be showered on His children in Nigeria who have already suffered so much at the hands of Boko Haram.
  • Pray the Lord will frustrate the evil intentions of Boko Haram and bring their plans to nothing. May He instead bring many to repentance.
  • Thank the Lord for His faithful church in Nigeria; may He continue to add to their number and grow in them a strong desire to follow Him, even during this time of great unrest.

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NIGERIA: Christian Chibok Girls Alive

NIGERIA: Christian Chibok Girls Alive

One Christian Chibok girl escaped from Boko Haram about two weeks ago, eventually finding herself in the hands of the joint task force assigned to defeat the terrorist group.

While in military custody, she explained to them that most of the girls were forced into marriage and conversion to Islam, while others were either shot or beheaded.

According to her, there are about 59 girls left in the main camp.

While imprisoned by Boko Haram, she was raped repeatedly, impregnated, and contracted venereal diseases. According to her, Boko Haram is in disarray, aimlessly moving around the region, leaving IEDs and other explosives behind in order to slow down the military’s efforts.

The Chibok girls have been missing since their abduction in April of 2014.

Sources: International Christian Concern, All Africa

Prayer Points

  •  Pray for the Christian girl’s speedy recovery during this time of transition, pray too that she may return home to her community who will love her and support as she attempts to overcome her ordeal.
  • Pray the Lord will minister to her and the remaining captives to give them strength, hope and a real knowledge of His presence.
  • Pray that God will continue to bring division and disarray amongst Boko Haram and that they will be brought to justice for their crimes against Nigeria’s people.

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