Free Leah Sharibu
Leah Sharibu’s life was upended on February 19, 2018. The 14-year old girl, along with 109 of her schoolmates were taken captive by the terrorist group Boko Haram when her all-girl boarding school in Dapchi, Nigeria was attacked. The reason? The school dared to provide an education for girls.
Two months later, the surviving girls were released by their captors with the exception of Leah, a devout Christian who refused to renounce her religion and convert to Islam. As punishment, her captors refused to release her. Two years later, her ordeal continues – a testament to the resolve and faith of the now 16-year old. It has been reported that she has been given to a Boko Haram fighter as a slave and the leader of the group has stated that they will be “keeping her for life.” Her family and her community are desperate for her safe return.
Because of her strength, Leah has become a symbol of the plight of the persecuted Christian community in Nigeria and all of the African continent.
Nazarene Fund partner organization Save The Persecuted Christians hosted a Nigerian delegation that included Leah’s mother Rebecca. The delegation met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s office as well as representatives from the U.S. State Department appealing to the government officials to take up Leah’s cause as well as that of the Christian persecution that is on the rise in Nigeria. Vice President Pence quickly arranged a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Yemi Osinbajo, for consultations in Washington, DC.
Rebecca joined The Nazarene Fund’s founder Glenn Beck on his radio program last week to talk about Leah and the desperate situation the Christians Northern Nigeria are facing.
The Nazarene Fund, along with our partners are ready to help.
A History of Boko Haram
Boko Haram’s origin began in 2002 when it was initially created as a nonviolent sect meant to purify Islamic practices. That theology quickly took a deadly turn and in 2015 it became the deadliest group of the Global Terrorism Index, responsible for the death of tens of thousands and the displacement of 2.3 million people as it waged a campaign of war and persecution in Northern Nigeria, Chad, Niger, and Cameroon.
In 2015, Boko Haram announced its loyalty to the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization and today ISIS veterans of the war in Syria and Iraq are currently fighting alongside Boko Haram as it expands its attacks across Africa.