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After four years, Leah Sharibu still in captivity

Last Friday, the 19th of February marked the fourth year anniversary of the abduction of Leah Sharibu, a Nigerian schoolgirl who was just fourteen when she was kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

She is the only child to still be held from that kidnapping and continues to be held captive because she refuses to renounce her Christian faith according to multiple former Boko Haram prisoners who had contact with her.

Leah, who turns nineteen on May 14, seems to have been married off to one of her abductors and is rumoured to have two children, though hard evidence of her current state is difficult to come by because she is not allowed any contact with her family. The only news comes from survivors of Boko Haram who have either escaped or been released.

On February 19, 2018, at 5:30 pm, Boko Haram kidnapped 110 schoolgirls from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College located in northeast Nigeria. After a month of negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, 104 out of the 105 girls left alive were released from captivity and returned home to their families, leaving Leah alone in captivity.


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