The Plight of Nigeria's "Double Widows"
A Common Story of Uncommon Suffering
Meet 18-year-old Esther (not her real name). This is the face of a "Double Widow". Esther was married at 13 to a Christian man of 17 and started a family in her rural farm community in northeastern Nigeria. Muslim insurgents known as Boko Haram attacked one night and killed over 400 of her fellow villagers . . . including her husband. She and her son were kidnapped and she was subjected to sexual bondage and eventually forced to marry a Boko Haram insurgent. Her captor was later killed by government forces, but not before she bore other children.
As in the western world, bearing a child conceived in rape carries a stigma for both mother and child. This double widow is not welcomed by her family or village and is outcast by all. It is because of our known advocacy for these most vulnerable to society's ostracization that Personhood Development Initiative was asked to represent them and their plight.
Our partnership with government and Church leaders has opened doors for direct Christian aid. It is currently estimated by the Nigerian government that 2000 women remain in sexual bondage to Muslim extremists in the area of NE Nigeria. Other human rights groups report the number is closer to 9,000. Please help us rescue these girls and provide a safe haven for them and their fatherless children. A donation of just $25 dollars a month will provide food and shelter for this mother and her children. In addition, we provide health services, counseling and economic empowerment training.
"‘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
Honour widows that are widows indeed . . .
She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day. 1 Timothy 3:3,5
These are widows who have benefited from your generous help.