On April 20th, 234 girls ages 16-18 were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by the al-Qaida-linked jihadi group Boko Haram.
Haram translates to “Western education is sinful” so it appears the location of the abduction was deliberate as the girls were taken from a school physics test.
The terrorists also claimed responsibility for a rush-hour bombing of a bus park killing 71 people and wounding many more in the capital city Abuja.
Boko Haram has abducted women and girls in the past to serve as sex slaves.
After more than one-week since the girls have gone missing, their whereabouts remain unknown. The abduction has served to unify fellow Nigerians for the first time. Division amongst religion are being overlooked for the greater issues surrounding safety and welfare as this is being recognized as a people’s problem.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families as we continue to pray for the safe return of their daughters.