On this day: in history (2018), Leah Sharibu and other 109 schoolgirls aged 11–19 years old were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC). Dapchi is located in Bulabulin, Bursari Local Government area of Yobe State, in the northeast part of Nigeria. Five of the students were reported killed in the abduction. In March, Boko Haram returned 104 girls to their families, all the students they had abducted from the school except for Leah Sharibu. Boko Haram reportedly kept Leah Sharibu because she refused to comply with their demands and convert to Islam.

Born on May 14, 2003, Leah Sharibu has had her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th birthday while in Boko Haram captivity.Boko Haram threatened to kill Leah Sharibu if their demands were not met.

In September 2018, Boko Haram executed Saifura Ahmed, one of three humanitarian aid workers linked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) they had abducted in March, threatening to do the same to the two others and to Leah Sharibu. In October, Boko Haram killed the second, Hauwa Mohammad Liman. Alice Loksha, the third aid worker remains in captivity. Boko Haram most recent threat has been to keep Leah Sharibu as a “slave for life.”

According to estimates, Boko Haram continues to detain hundreds of individuals in northeast Nigeria.

 

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