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Leah Sharibu
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News that over 100 kidnapped schoolgirls were released by a Boko Haram faction on March 21st brought joy to concerned parents, a nation and people around the world. The girls had been kidnapped from their school in Dapchi on February 19th (see this page) and taken to an unknown location. According to those released, five of the girls died earlier due to the stress and trauma of the attack. One girl, Leah Sharibu, remains in captivity for one simple reason: she refuses to convert to Islam.

All of those released were Muslim, and the attackers announced that Leah would also be released if she complied with their demand to repeat the Shahada (an Islamic confession of faith). As a Christian she refused, despite the cost. Leah's parents, Nathan and Rebecca, continue to be concerned. Yet, as Nathan said, "I am very sad; but I am also overjoyed because my daughter did not denounce Christ."

Nigeria's president faces pressure from many directions to ensure that Leah is released. He has assured the family that Leah will not be abandoned.

Praise God for the release of the recently abducted girls. Please continue to pray earnestly that Leah will be safely released as well. In the meanwhile, may she stand firm in her commitment to Christ amid mounting pressure. Ask the Lord to also minister to Leah's parents as they await her deliverance.