On Monday April 14th, at around 10pm, suspected members of Boko Haram swooped into Chibok, northern Nigeria, in seven Toyota pick-up trucks. Some of the attackers set government and other buildings ablaze, but others went to the senior secondary school where they overpowered the security guards before herding nearly 300 of the female students – all between the ages of 16 and 20 – into trucks. They then drove the girls deep into the nearby Sambisa forest. Some of the girls have escaped, but the remainder are still missing.
Open Doors is on the ground supporting the Chibok community and the families of these missing girls. You can join with us in sending prayers and notes of encouragement to the families here.
“Almost every house has a child in this school,” said an Open Doors worker. “Cries of parents could be heard all over the town as they prayed for God’s intervention. The abducted girls will probably be responsible for cooking and cleaning for the insurgents. But there is every possibility that these children would be forcefully converted to Islam and married off to members of the group or other Muslim men.”
In addition to sending these families notes of encouragement, you can also stand with these girls in their families in a few other ways. Please continue sharing these updates and stories via social media with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, to expand the reach of this message. Most importantly, these girls and their families need our prayers. Here are a few ways you can be praying:
- For God’s miraculous protection for the girls
- That they will experience His nearness and love in the midst of their suffering
- That God will comfort the distraught parents, and for God’s grace to the church in Borno as they respond to their tragic circumstances
- That Nigerian security forces will take swift, effective action to secure the girls’ safe release.
To learn more about what Open Doors is doing to help persecuted women and children like these girls in Nigeria, please be sure to learn more about our Women and Children Advancement program.