Maiduguri, capital of Borno State in Nigeria has always called itself ‘the home of peace’. But since 2009, peace has gone. Now it is mostly fear that roams the streets. It is the birthplace of Boko Haram where boys turn into fighters to wage a brutal war for a caliphate.

Amina is one of many who wear the scars of this Islamic insurgency. In 2012 Boko Haram came to her house in the city to kill her husband and sons. In 2017, they kidnapped her and held her hostage for eight months.

These trials should have destroyed her. But today, Amina’s family remains faithful to God. The family still lives in Maiduguri. We invite supporters to write them letters of encouragement. Let them know they are not alone.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

Please mail your letter to us by 31 May 2021 to:
Open Doors Hong Kong
P.O. Box 78516, Mong Kok Post Office, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Writing Guidelines


Pray before you start!


Greeting cards, children's artwork, and postcards are best.


Keep it short and simple

Write about 250 words in English/Chinese.


Show sensitivity

Please do not dwell on the recipient’s plight, or share about the blessings of life in your country.


Do not send money or
make proposals to help



Please do not mention Open Doors in your letters.

Do not criticise a country’s religion or religious extremists, its government, judicial system or political leaders.

It’s fine to include your first name and country but NOT your full address