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Nigeria: kidnapped girls escape

By May 27, 2014
(Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs)

(Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs)

Nigeria (VOM) — The Voice of the Martyrs is providing assistance to two sisters who recently escaped captivity from Boko Haram.

Two sisters, Kamka, 19, and Naya, 16, were sleeping when radical Muslims invaded their home. The armed terrorists entered their brother’s room and shot him in the hand before demanding to know where the girls’ father was. When they realized the two sisters were not married and their father was not home, they took the girls by force.

The Boko Haram terrorist group has declared war on Christians in Nigeria, frequently attacking Christian villages, burning Christians’ houses, and murdering indiscriminately. They also kidnap teenage girls and force them to convert and marry Boko Haram members.

After forcing Kamka and Naya to walk through the woods at gunpoint, the terrorists immediately put them to work fetching water and cooking. A few days later, the girls were told that both of them were to be married. “We’re too young,” Naya protested. But the leader then showed them his daughter, a girl of 7 or 8, who was already married.

“If we refused to cooperate, we would be killed,” Naya told a VOM worker. “The man whom I was forced to marry took me. He picked up his gun and a knife and threatened to murder me if I continued to resist.”

The sisters cried and prayed together, unsure of what would become of them. But after two weeks, a Muslim woman took pity on them. While fetching water with the girls, she showed them an escape route and told them to run away.

The girls escaped under cover of darkness. They knocked on the door of the first house they came to, praying that the owner would be friendly. Although he was Muslim, the man took pity on the girls. He allowed them to bathe and eat, and then had his sister take them to a nearby Christian village.

The girls were traumatized by their experience but are now doing reasonably well. Since it is unsafe for them to return to their home, VOM is providing care for them at a safe house through one of the VOM project partners.

(Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs)

(Photo courtesy Voice of the Martyrs)

“I thank God that He has saved us from the hands of these bad people,” Naya said. “Everything is now behind me, and I’m not afraid anymore. I only want to look forward now.”

And Kamka is also thankful for God’s protection. “I am very grateful that many Christians pray for me,” she said. “Despite what I’ve been through, I still have faith in God.”

The Voice of the Martyrs is inviting you to be part of the solution in Nigeria. Donors are helping believers like Naya and Kamka as well as providing support to families of martyrs and medical assistance to victims of extremist attacks.

Please remember to pray for those kidnapped by Boko Haram and for all of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are under attack. Share this story with your friends so they can join us in prayer.

5 Comments

  • Gi. P. says:

    Thank you, Jesus, for working through Your Holy Spirit and Voice of the Martyrs to provide care to these rescued girls !!!!!!!

    I will continue to support you, VOM. YAY, God!!!!!

    : )

  • oogunwale says:

    Let God arise and His enemy be scatered

  • LMH says:

    Lord, I thank you for the safe return of these two young ladies. My prayer is that the others will be found and safely returned home. In Jesus name I pray.

  • Martina says:

    Those who call upon my name shall be save those who have a relationship with the lord when they are in trouble and call upon Him he will rescue them That what I love about God he is faithful he is a God of his word when he say ask and you shall receive he mean it when he say that he wont give us any thing that we can bear he mean it and he knows how much we can take he will never let us suffer beyond of what we can take I praise God for his faithfulness for answering our prayer That’s why God say in good time and bad time give him praise if we don’t go through trials we will never experience the power of prayer that is something to be joyful for. lets continue to pray for those who is still captive God has a reason for everything maybe these extremist need to know God and the only way it can happen is to get some devoted Christian there, i pray these girls will hold on to God and go along with God’s plan so that his name be glorified,.Amen

  • Stephanie says:

    Thank you FATHER for keeping these two girls safe and the people you put in their path who helped them! how scarey it must have been for them put despite what ever we may be going through no matter how scarey of a situation may be GOD never leaves us nor forsakes us if only we put our trust and faith in him he will see us through even when we may not see a way. I will continue to pray for all of my brothers and sister in Nigeria who are under attack may their light shine brighter than ever before may their walls not be shaken may your protection be around them lord may you give them strength and courage to stand up for what they believe in! in JESUS name AMEN

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