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Nigeria - Abductions

An audio recording has emerged of the abducted school girl, Leah Sharibu, calling on the Nigerian presidency to facilitate her release.

In the 35-second recording secured by a Nigerian news agency, Ms Sharibu asks “the government and people of goodwill to intervene” to end her plight.  Speaking in Hausa, she urges “members of the public” to assist her parents, younger brother and relatives, and concludes with a plea for compassion: “I am calling on the government and particularly the president to have pity on me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you”. 

Ms Sharibu’s family confirmed to CSW Nigeria that the voice on the tape is hers.

The 15 year-old was the only Christian among 110 school girls who were abducted by the al Barnawi faction of Boko Haram from their school in Dapchi in Yobe state, north east Nigeria, in February 2018.  Following negotiations, the other surviving students were released on 21 March, but Ms Sharibu was held in captivity for refusing to convert in exchange for freedom.

“ The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” ...

Psalm 27


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