Inside Out 314: Boko Haram in Nigeria

05.20.14 | Martha Manikas-Foster

Most Americans first heard of Boko Haram in mid-April, when the terrorist group abducted between 250 and 300 girls in the middle of the night from their school dormitories in northeast Nigeria. According to reports, the terrorists herded the girls--all between the ages of 16 and 20—into seven Toyota pick-up trucks, and then drove them deep into the Sambisa forest.

But Boko Haram has been on the international radar since at least 2011, when it attacked Christian churches on Christmas Day and then, a few days later, bombed an Islamic school. According to the independent Council on Foreign Relations, since the inauguration of Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan in May of 2011, Boko Haram has killed over 4,200 people.

Join us for a conversation about what may be one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world. Our guests are Sarah Margon, the acting Washington director for international advocacy group Human Rights Watch, and Dr. David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, which supports and advocates for persecuted Christians world-wide.

Learn about Sarah Margon, the acting Washington director for Human Rights Watch.

Find out about Human Rights Watch.

Learn about Dr. David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA.

Find out how you can work through Open Doors USA to encourage the families of the abducted girls.

Listen to the Family Life news feature on Boko Haram by clicking on the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above.

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on 05.27.14 Martha commented

Report from Open Doors dated May 27, 2014

Nigeria: Open Doors Delivers Prayer Messages to Parents of Missing Girls
An Open Doors worker recently visited parents of over 200 Chibok girls who remain missing six weeks after their abduction by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The purpose of the visit was to encourage the parents and to deliver close to half of the nearly 2,000 prayer messages Open Doors has received for them from Christians around the world so far.
An Open Doors worker says: “The atmosphere remains tense in Chibok and surrounding areas. In one of the villages the local chief, upon seeing us, went into his house and came out with a gun. He wanted to shoot us. He thought we were members of Boko Haram because we came by car.”
After the Open Doors team had convinced him that they were Christians coming to encourage and pray for the parents, he put away his gun and joined them in going around nearby villages.
The worker adds: “We tried to visit as many of the parents as we could. However, some of the women have gone to Abuja and others have gone to their farms away from town. Rain has also made some of the roads impassable and prevented us from getting to some of the more remote villages.
“Our colleague was deeply touched to see the effects of the pain on the parents. What they are going through is unimaginable. Many we met were simply too broken to say much at all. They just cried. Clearly the pressure is taking its toll.”

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