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Persecution: Nigeria – schoolgirls released

August 2017

Islamic militant group Boko Haram has released a further 82 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted in April 2014.

In June, the 82 girls, 75 of whom are Christians, were set free. A Christian leader from Chibok said, ‘God is answering the prayers of his people’.

Boko Haram has deliberately targeted Christians and Western-style educational establishments since the Islamist group, whose name means ‘Western education is forbidden’, began its campaign of terror in 2009.

In a newsletter, Barnabas Fund urged the government to allow the girls to return home — 21 girls released last year are still being kept in Abuja — so that they will be healed from the physical and mental traumas they have experienced.

The newsletter said, ‘Ask that the Almighty will intervene, so that the remaining 113 girls who are still in captivity will be freed. Pray also for the thousands of others kidnapped by Boko Haram, whose plight does not receive such publicity’.