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Ese Oruru - Photo: Facebook
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On August 12th, 2015, a 13-year-old girl named Ese Rita Oruru was kidnapped from her home in Bayelsa State of southern Nigeria. After being taken to the northern state of Kano, she was raped, forcibly converted to Islam, and married to her kidnapper.

From the beginning, it was known that the kidnapper was Yunusa Dahiru, nicknamed "Yellow." The parents repeatedly appealed for her release, but were unsuccessful, in part because the Emir of Kanu was connected to the forced conversion and marriage, which took place in his palace.

Ese was finally rescued by Kano State Police on February 29th, 2016. Upon her rescue, they discovered that the young teen was five months pregnant. Her abductor, Yunusa Dahiru, was arraigned at the time on five counts, including abduction, child trafficking and sexual exploitation. After much delay, a court decision finally took place more than four years later. On May 21st, the federal court found her kidnapper guilty of four of the five charges and sentenced him to a total of 26 years in prison.

We praise God that justice has finally been served in this legal case after the long delay. Pray for this young teenaged mother, Ese, as she raises her precious child with the help and provision of the Lord, despite the circumstances resulting in her pregnancy. Pray that the lives of both this mother and child will serve as testimonies to others of the love, grace and healing that only Christ can provide in the midst of what would otherwise be an overwhelming situation (Romans 8:28).

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen persecuted Christians through a variety of methods. Christians are equipped with audio bibles to distribute to their persecutors. Christian widows receive skills training and trauma counselling as a way to provide an income for their families and heal from the trauma they’ve faced in losing their husbands. Children who have lost parents and relatives due to attacks are provided with a safe place to grow and be nurtured. Medical fees are paid for Christians who have suffered injuries due to attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani. Discipleship and vocational training are given to Muslim Background Believers to help them start their new lives spiritually and practically. The Glenn Penner Scholarship Award is used to help equip persecuted Christians completing their Masters and have a heart to share the Gospel with the lost in their community.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Bibles, Medical Fund, Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Relief & Development

Country Information

Population
219,463,862 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Hausa (30), Yoruba (15.5), Igbo (15.2), Fulani (6), Tiv (2.4), Kanuri/Beriberi (2.4), Ibibio (1.8), Izaw/Izon (1.8), Other (24.7)

Religion (%)
Islam (53.5), Christianity (45.9), Other (0.6)

Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari (2015)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law (in 12 northern states), and traditional law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Nigeria

May God minister great comfort and healing to all who have been injured or bereaved as a result of the militants' brutal attacks. In addition, pray for the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls, that they will be assured of the Lord's abiding presence as they await release from captivity. Continue to uphold President Buhari and other members of the Nigerian government as they make further attempts to rescue the remaining girls and provide protection for vulnerable citizens. As they persevere in their endeavours to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.

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