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ICC Note: Leah Sharibu is spending her 15th birthday in Boko Haram Captivity. She is the only schoolgirl from Dapchi, Nigeria who was kidnapped in February and is still in captivity. She was not released along with the other 104 Muslim girls, simply because she is a Christian.

05/14/2018 Nigeria (All Africa) – Christian groups in Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom and other parts of the world are conducting special prayers to ‘celebrate’ the 15th birthday of Leah Sharibu today. 14 year-old Leah Sharibu was one of 110 girls abducted by the Al Barnawi faction of Boko Haram on February 19, 2018 from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Statements sent by US-based rights activist, Mr. Emmanuel Ogebe and Khataza Gondwe, the Team Leader, Africa and Middle East of UK-based Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which works for religious freedom through advocacy and human right, confirm the involvement of several groups and individuals across the world.

“Monday, May 14, will be Leah’s 15th birthday, and CSW has planned a solidarity action to raise the profile of her case. We will be sending out an official tweet to mark the day, which we are asking people to retweet so we can get #FreeLeah trending; we are also asking people to send their own tweets using #FreeLeah along with #Dapchgirls, and if possible, attaching a picture of themselves holding A4 or A3 signs with the words “#FreeLeah” on them, which we will retweet.


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