by Roxane Hill
Rev. Yuguda, head of the Disaster Team of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) sent information about their trip to Chibok to take money to one of the Chibok schoolgirls* who is sick. The government was not paying her medical bills.
We have received $10,000 in donations specifically for the Chibok girls and their families. We used around $700 to pay for this girl’s medical bills and her travel to and from the hospital. She is one of the 82 Chibok girls released in May of this year.
Here is what Rev. Yuguda wrote, in part:
“We have met [the girl*] today at Chibok, she and her mother just returned from Abuja for her medical test. Indeed, she has gone through pains and trauma, in all these she remains grateful to God....
“She told us that some of the remaining abducted girls agreed to marry Boko Haram men in Sambisa and that some have died and others are dumb due to bomb blasts, while [a] few have refused to come back home as they accepted Islam as their new faith, what a sad moment and heart breaking.
“We therefore presented the sum of Naira 250,000 to pay her medical bills and subsequent tests in Abuja, she came from a poor family background.”
* The girl's name has been omitted out of respect for her privacy.
-- Roxane Hill is coordinator of the Nigeria Crisis Response, a collaboration of the Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). For more information go to www.brethren.org/nigeriacrisis .