WRITE A LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT

It has been five years since the parents of 112 students of Chibok Secondary School in Nigeria have heard from their daughters. More than 1,825 days of not knowing if their child was still alive, or has been forced to marry a Boko Haram militant, and is now a mother herself. The uncertainty of the fate of the girls has been very difficult for their families and also for the wider Chibok community.

Yana Gana feels that her daughter Rifkatu’s kidnapping is just like a fresh wound. “Any time I speak about Rifkatu, I feel so much pain in my heart.”

At the same time, Yana Gana doesn’t lose hope. “Even after 10 years I will never lose hope… we will wait for her to come back. No matter how long it takes.”

Your encouragement is needed for the parents of the girls who are still missing. Write to them to let them know that they are not alone.

I want to give everyone who has been praying for us a word of thanksgiving. If we were left alone, all of us parents would have died. But believers all over the world stood by us.

Yana Gana

Chibok mother

Please send your letter by 30 June 2019 to:
Open Doors Hong Kong
P.O. Box 78516, Mongkok Post Office, Kowloon

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