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08/09/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Ruth Pagu, one of over 200 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014, was freed this week and reunited with her parents.

According to Reuters, a man that Ruth had been forced to marry during her captivity surrendered himself to the military, freeing her in the process.

All Africa reported that Ruth was accompanied by her two children whom she bore during the 7-year period.

Ruth’s freedom means that there may be hope for the 100+ other girls who are still in captivity, whose families continue to pray to see their children once again.

Over the course of the past several years, some of the girls have managed to escape and explain what life was like in Boko Haram captivity. Rape was a regular part of the girls’ lives. They have also been witnesses to murders and at times been forced to commit murder themselves. Over half of the girls kidnapped were Christian and some of the girls that have been released report that Christians were treated especially harsh.

Boko Haram is a jihadist militant group that is violently opposed to western education and ideology. The group established the pattern of kidnapping for ransom in the 2014 Chibok kidnapping, which since has led to various groups adopting the idea to receive ransom payment. 2021 has already seen several large-scale kidnappings.

Please pray for those who have experienced trauma due to kidnappings, and for those who are still in captivity, that they will be released unharmed and returned to their families. Pray for the healing of Nigeria, for the end of mass abductions and killings, and for the Lord to transform the hearts of those who persecute the church.     

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