Leah Sharibu Hits 2 Years in Captivity, Reports of Birth Emerge

02/20/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Today marks two years since Leah Sharibu and 109 other girls were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria by the Islamic State West Africa province branch of Boko Haram. Leah is the only remaining girl from that incident who is still in captivity. She continues to be held by this terrorist group because she has been unwilling to recant her faith in Christ.

In the past month, reports have arisen that Leah was forcefully married to a commander in Boko Haram. She has since given birth to a child according to Ahmad Salkida, a reporter who has access to the group. SAlkida stated on twitter, “Why, I wonder, do we pretend that leaving Leah behind won’t result in pregnancy? Since the terror group announced condemning her to slavery, is there any step or collective focus on preventing similar occurrences? She’s a mother, but I don’t know about the gender of the baby.” Sadly, it is likely that this report is true. Boko Haram is known to use rape, torture and forced marriages against young women who they capture.

However, this does not affect Leah’s worth, or the need to free her from this evil group. According to Gloria Puldu, a close friend of the family and Professor at the University of Jos, “The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby.” It is time for Leah to be returned home to her family.

As the time continues, girls like Leah, as well as the 112 from Chibok, Nigeria who are still missing, are forgotten. The world stops caring. We must not. These girls must be rescued and it takes a concerted effort by the world to ensure that they even have a chance of freedom. Please continue to lift Leah up in prayer. Pray that she would be healthy and that her faith would remain strong. Also, pray that her family would have peace and faith.

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