The Church in the World

Kidnap video gives hope for girls

15 May 2014 | by Fredrick Nzwili , Ellen Teague | Comments: 0

Nigeria

As Nigerian Churches continued to pray for the release of the more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in mid-April, the Islamists’ group leader released a new video in which he offered to release the girls in exchange for the prisoners captured by the country’s security agencies.Church leaders in Maiduguri said this was a sign of hope in the crisis that has attracted global sympathy, outrage and condemnation. They cautioned, however, that the terrorists were very unpredictable.In the video, about 130 girls are seen wearing veils and chanting Islamic prayers. Abubakar Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, claimed the Christian children had converted to Islam.“Our concern is the prisoner exchange promise could be double-edged, but we remain hopeful,” Fr John Bakeni, the ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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