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GB celebrates 82 Chibok girls walking to freedom

15 May 2017

GB England & Wales was thrilled to learn that 82 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls were freed on 7 May 2017.

Over the past 3 years, GB members around the world have been raising hope for the 219 girls who were abducted from their school in Nigeria on the night of 14/15 April 2014 - 6 of the girls are GB members.

It's not confirmed yet if any of the rescued girls are members of GB, and 113 young women from Chibok still remain missing. Overall Amnesty International estimates 2,000 girls and women have been kidnapped and 2.6 million people have been displaced and impacted by Boko Haram’s campaign of violence.

GB's Participation & Advocacy Co-ordinator Dr Claire Rush shares ‘This is a great cause of celebration especially as many GB members have campaigned actively on the girls' behalf. But it should also mobilise us to continue our prayers for the girls, their families, the countless others who have been impacted by Boko Haram's violence, and for the Nigerian government and church. These young women, as well as other returned girls, have a long road to travel in terms of restoration and healing. Villages and communities can remain suspicious of them and there's a strong stigma attached to survivors of sexual violence.’

The GB efforts towards the #bringbackourgirls campaign has included praying a joint GB prayer and producing over 5,000 Cards of Hope. In March 2015, a GB England & Wales delegation presented these Cards of Hope to the UK Foreign Office and Number 10 Downing Street.

GB International is still encouraging members to pray and participate in raising hope. Check out the GB International website here for:

  • An overview of GB International’s campaign over the past 3 years
  • An update on the current situation in Nigeria
  • Ideas about practical things you can do to raise hope
  • Updated prayer points
  • Links to relevant downloadable resources including GB International's special prayer, the Hope for Girls resource, and the Cards of Hope resource.

Claire adds 'As a movement, GB cares about how girls around the world are treated. We aim to bring hope into girls’ lives, and freedom brings hope! Please join us as we continue to raise hope for girls.'

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