Kidnapped by Boko Haram
Most Westerners are vaguely familiar with the internationally acclaimed "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign. In 2014, the Muslim extremists known as Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a girls school in the city of Chibok, Nigeria.
Situated in the northeastern corner of Africa's most populous nation, these girls became the object of international outcry. To date, 170+ girls have escaped or been returned to their communities. Many discover that their ordeal is not yet over. The unfortunate truth is that these high-visibility girls are only 276 of an estimated 9,000+ that have been brutally kidnapped by the Boko Haram and are even now suffering indescribable sexual bondage, forced marriage, and in the cases of Christian women—forced conversion.
9000 WOMEN ABDUCTED
Consider Aisha. She was abducted from her village at age 15. She escaped a few months ago but had nowhere to turn. “My dream for the future is for God to help me,” Aisha said.
"Reports provided to the Nigerian government estimate that up to 9,000 women and girls have been abducted since the start of Boko Haram’s insurgency. Mr. Ahmad believes that at least 13,000 more are unaccounted for, and likely even more from areas that are too dangerous to assess."
THE MOST VIOLENT TERRORIST ORGNIZATION IN THE WORLD
The Nigerian army has been increasingly successful in stemming the advance of the world's most violent terrorist group—the Boko Haram, yet there appears to be a stalemate regarding any future negotiated cessation of hostilities. Responsible for more death than ISIS and ISIL combined and labeled by the UN as the most aggressive terrorist group in the world, these Muslim extremists have embedded themselves in remote islands of the Lake Chad region and their campaign to create a Muslim caliphate resonates with many of the impoverished young men in the region. The promise of a young wife is used as an inducement for recruiting new martyrs for the cause. The problem with martyrs is that they die, leaving behind a young widow, and in many cases, a young child who is unwelcomed and stigmatized "based on the sins of his/her father." Deuteronomy 24:16 says, "A child shall not be put to death for the crimes of his father." Yet, this is exactly what the extended families of these young widows are advising.
DR. EKENE OSAKWE PLEADS WITH WESTERN CHURCHES TO RESPOND
"Will you help a team of national church leaders to establish Houses of Refuge where we can provide physical security, emotional counseling (similar to that provided by American Pregnancy Resource Centers) and a spiritual sanctuary safe from the 'cultural storm'?" said Dr. Ekene Osakwe. Our answer was yes.
In July 2017, a US team of three seasoned right-to-life ministry heads traveled to Nigeria where we met with the denominational leaders in the capital city of Abuja. One of these leaders was the Executive Director of the largest church denomination in the affected region of northeast Nigeria. We were offered complete cooperation and a substantial amount of existing resources to begin to implement Dr. Osakwe's vision.
Our goal is $1.2 million dollars over three years. This will establish Houses of Refuge for "these the least amongst us." This is an ongoing crisis. Will you help us by representing this need to your local church thereby bringing faith, hope, and love to young women with nowhere else to turn?
"‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’" Matthew 25:44-45
Safety and Security for the Afflicted
Through our Community Development, we have the potential to make a real and positive change for these women and their fatherless children. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Nigeria's Widows Relief Fund—the purchase of a secure facility, a few minutes from Bingham University Hospital, that will house the victims and facilitate their healing. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand.
"Seek justice for the fatherless"
As in the western world, bearing a child conceived in rape carries a stigma for both mother and child. The mother faces ostracization from family and village, but the child faces infanticide. Many times the mother's considers this unthinkable solution because she fears she has no options. We seek to rescue these at-risk children through compassionate intervention and partnership with Gidan Bege.
Advanced Medical Care
We see every challenge as an opportunity, and the partnership which we have with Bingham University Teaching Hospital helps us ensure that our recipients receive the medical care matched to their specific needs. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our ministry and delivers the support these women and fatherless children need, when they need it.
One Family at a Time
Through our relief efforts, we have the potential to make a real and positive change among these victims of GBV. The various stakeholders are providing comprehensive medical care, secure housing, skills training, counseling and for the Christian widow—integration in a local church. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with this program.