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5/21/2024 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) Nigerian military forces rescued 209 children, 135 women, and six men from Boko Haram on Tuesday. Many of the hostages had been held captive by the terrorists for years. 

Authorities found the victims in the Sambisa Forest in the heart of Boko Haram’s territory in the North.

“I always wanted to escape but couldn’t because of the children,” Hajara Umara told the Associated Press. “If they caught you trying to escape, they would torture you and imprison you indefinitely.” 

The Islamic extremist group is responsible for the kidnapping and death of thousands since its establishment in 2009. According to U.N. agencies in Nigeria, extremist violence has caused the death of 35,000 people and the displacement of 2.1 million people. 

Additionally, since it kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Chibok, a majority Christian village in Borno state, in 2014, Boko Haram has taken at least 1,4000 students from Nigerian schools.

Boko Haram seeks to overthrow the Nigerian government and establish Shariah throughout the country. The group has incited terror against many of the 108.3 million Christians living in Nigeria. 

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