Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Nigeria: Report Chibok Girl Freed, Identity Doubts; Previous Report Wrong

Nigerian's Islamic extremists have freed one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, Nigerian police reported Thursday, but a community leader says she's too traumatized to identify herself properly.
Some of the girls held hostage by Boko Haram
Hundreds of girls, women and boys have been kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in the past year but the abduction of more than 270 schoolgirls and young women from a school in the remote northeastern town of Chibok in April inspired a worldwide campaign for their freedom.

More than 50 girls escaped by themselves at the scene or soon after and now 219 remain missing. The failure by the Nigerian government and military to rescue them has brought international condemnation.

Police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told reporters that on Wednesday "a girl, 20 years of age, among the abducted Chibok girls was dropped off by suspected Boko Haram militants at Mubi," a town in northeast Adamawa state.

"The information we have is that she is one of the abducted girls," he said.

But Chibok community leader Pogu Bitrus said he spoke to the young woman by phone and that the name she gave is not on the list of missing girls. "She is mentally traumatized, not coherent at all," he said.

He has asked security forces to send him a photograph so that parents may look at it and her image can be compared with a database of photographs of the missing students.

Bitrus also worried that "it could be a trick by Boko Haram to release another girl just to create a diversion."

The news comes two days after a false report that the military had custody of several of the girls kidnapped from Chibok. That was caused by confusion in reports after soldiers found some of the girls who had escaped early on, on a bus on the way to a school in the north.

Naturally, the post 2 days ago where the military back-tracked on the announcement that some of the Chibok girls had escaped, is explained by the above paragraph. It also explains a lot about how the military get so many things wrong. Someone thinks they found something and everyone jumps in front of a camera to be the first to announce it. No verification!

We will have to wait a day or two to let the report on this girl settle out. Handle all Nigerian military announcements with great skepticism - truth is not a prerequisite.

Michelle Faul reported from Johannesburg.

It's so disappointing that there never seems to be any western reporters in Nigeria. No-one to ask the hard questions. I know it's a dangerous place but Abuja is less dangerous than many other places where we have reporters.