A Tale of Two Heavy-Hearted Anniversaries

 

Leah Sharibu turned 21 years old this May 14th. Leah Sharibu was 14 years old when she was abducted in Dapchi, Borno State, in 2018, by Boko Haram and she was held back—when her fellow-captives were released by the terrorists—in captivity because she would not renounce her Christian faith.  

 

Today, the poor girl has now spent seven birthdays among Jihadists; she has now lived one-third of her lifetime in an enclave of evil, away from her family and friends, away from her education, away from her local church where she joined her voice to sing hymns in Hausa every Sunday morning.  

Today, as the deer pants for water in the brooks, Leah Sharibu’s soul must long to return and worship in her childhood church and sing of the enduring mercies of the Most High. Sometimes, however, in moments of doubt, Leah might wonder if she would remain in captivity and continue to sing the Lord’s songs in a strange land till her last breaths.  

Today makes it 28 months since any member of the Nigerian authorities mentioned her case. Thus, it seems that Leah Sharibu now only has just you and me to continue to fight for her. Here’s what you can do to help the girl: 

 

1. You can write to your MP using this link to spell out the agony of an innocent girl and to request that the Nigerian authorities be pressured into obtaining her release at whatever cost.

2. You can organize a space on X (Twitter) through your organization or individually, partnering with persons with influence on the social justice space to draw attention to Leah Sharibu’s

 3. You can organize a protest walk to the parliament in your country or the Nigerian embassy to press for her release.

 4. You can elect to take out 15 minutes or 30 minutes of your time, every day, to intercede for Leah Sharibu in prayers until she returns. 

 

Just do something.  

 

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