(Voice of the Persecuted) Nigerians according to reports are marking the one year anniversary of the abduction of 200 schoolgirls (most of them Christians) from the town of Chibok by Boko Haram.
All political parties have promised their return, including the newly elected President Buhari. The girls became political tools in Nigeria’s tightest presidential election in Nigeria’s history. In a ‘covenant he made to Nigerians and promised to bring back their girls, see below.
3. Insurgency and Insecurity
I have had the opportunity to serve my country in the military up to the highest level, as a Major General and as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. In the course of my service, I had defended the territorial integrity of Nigeria. And if called upon to do so again, I shall rise to the occasion. As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary or civilians.
I pledge to:
- Ensure that under my watch, no force, external or internal, will occupy even an inch of Nigerian soil. I will give all it takes to ensure that our girls kidnapped from Chibok are rescued and reunited with their families.
The covenant in it’s entirety can be viewed here
Now Buhari say’s he cannot promise that they will be found. The world rallied at the beginning, but sadly demands for their release fell silent on the world scene.
Amid rumors of sightings, and known whereabouts, there are also rumors that they have been forced into marriages with Boko Haram members. The latter has feared to hold more merit. Unfortunately recently Boko Haram slaughtered many of their wives while government forces began to take back the towns claimed by Boko Haram. They did this to prevent them from marrying anyone else. The forced marriages and lives of servitude to Boko Haram are all too common. Horror scenes are described by those who have escaped. Many wishing for death and even attempting or succeeding in suicides rather than endure the torture at the hands of evil men.
The world is only beginning to awaken to the magnitude of devastation, torture and ruin that this group has brought to Nigeria. Christians have been the main target. Although those who refuse to believe or follow strict ‘Sharia’ law are also targeted.
- The UN reports that 80,000 children have been displaced
- Amnesty International say’s that over 2,000 women have been taken by Boko Haram
- 1.5 Million people have been displaced
- Boko Haram killed more than 5,000 civilians between July 2009 and June 2014, including at least 2,000 in the first half of 2014, in attacks occurring mainly in north-east, north-central and central Nigeria.
Numbers and stats are hard to come by from Nigeria. Based on our sources on the ground, the numbers are under-reported.
The world may never know the carnage that has been wrought in the country. Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-shabob, and Al-Queda have joined forces and have been thus far allowed to run rampant. They are spreading hate, and a rule of barbaric law that modern society can not begin to grasp. In fact countries in the Middle East and Africa are still under some form of this ancient barbarity.
According to a report in Yahoo News by the AFP, Chibok elder Enoch Mark, whose daughter and niece are among the captives, said the town was still in “perpetual fear” of Boko Haram, despite the presence of troops. “The last one year has been a period of sadness, emotional torment and hardship. It has been one year of mourning. We are a bereaved community that has lost 219 daughters,” (More)
I can’t even imagine the fear, the sadness, and hopelessness that these families feel. The stark truth of reality is these girls will most likely never be found. As with the highway of terror from Iran to Africa, these groups have kidnapped boys and girls by the thousands from their homes, & from the refugee camps right under the noses of the governments. The hell that these precious children have had to endure is mammoth. Children looking into the face of evil, the face of hell.
(Amnesty International You Tube channel) At least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014 and many have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight, said Amnesty International on the first anniversary of the abduction of the Chibok school girls.
Based on nearly 200 witness accounts, including 28 with abducted women and girls who escaped captivity, a new 90-page report, ‘Our job is to shoot, slaughter and kill’: Boko Haram’s reign of terror, documents multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Boko Haram, including the killing of at least 5,500 civilians, as it rampaged across north-east Nigeria during 2014 and early 2015.
The Amnesty International report sheds new light on the brutal methods used by the armed group in north-east Nigeria where men and boys are regularly conscripted or systematically executed and young women and girls are abducted, imprisoned and in some cases raped, forcibly married and made to participate in armed attacks, sometimes on their own towns and villages.
Please continue to remember and pray daily for these dear girls.
- Pray they can endure until they can return to their families. May God clear a path and make a way for them.
- Pray they will hold n to their Christian faith, even silently in the presence of a militant husband.
- Pray that they will feel the presence of the Lord with them and know they are not forsaken.
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