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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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Chibok Girls Released by Boko Haram Arrive in Abuja

5 Boko Haram leaders released; 82 girls arrive home
By Allen Cone 

Some of the 82 released Chibok girls wait to meet officials Sunday in Abuja, Nigeria. The girls were released Saturday by Boko Haram militants, who abducted a group of 276 girls in northeast Nigeria three years ago. Photo by Nigerian government/EPA

UPI -- Five top Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for 82 Chibok schoolgirls, who arrived in the Nigerian capital after being held for years, the Nigeria government said Sunday.

It's interesting that the girls in this photo are all wearing skirts and white tops. In the photo at the top of this page the girls are all wearing full dresses. I see not one smile on their faces though they must certainly be in some state of shock and confusion. Most of these girls were Christians when they were kidnapped, but I note all are wearing scarves on their heads. It may mean nothing, but it is certainly an improvement on the drab black garb they were forced to wear for a 2015 photo.

The girls were released Saturday and the International Red Cross transported the girls from a town near the Cameroon border. Military helicopters then brought them to Abuja, the capital.

The president's chief of staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari, greeted the girls at the airport.

"Welcome our girls, welcome our sisters," Kyari said to the girls, who sat quietly in chairs. "We are very glad that you are back, and every Nigerian today must be forgetting every other hardship and suffering, because this is a very joyous moment. Welcome, welcome, welcome."

They were driven in a military convoy to meet the president, Muhammadu Buhari.

"No price is too high to pay for the release of the girls," Nigerian Sen. Shehu Sai said on Twitter.

The Nigerian government previously issued a statement that a deal was struck in return for "some" Boko Haram suspects. Nigerian media initially had reported that two militants were released.

Abubakar Bukola Saraki, president of the Nigerian Senate, commended Buhari, security operatives and the International Red Cross in gaining the girls' release.

"As a father, I can't help but feel delighted and excited at the release of the 82 schoolgirls," he said in a statement. "When they were taken from us, the whole world joined in demanding for their return -- now, it is a testament to the tenacity and commitment of the federal government, led by Mr. President, that they are back with us, and will soon be reunited with their families."

One girl has a broken arm and another has a leg injury, but otherwise they appeared to be in good physical condition, Nigeria's information minister, Lai Mohammed, told CNN.

A total of 276 girls were forced from their beds by Boko Haram militants in the middle of the night in northern Nigeria in April 2014.

The group released 21 girls last October after negotiations with the International Red Cross. About 50 escaped on their own.

More than 100 girls remain in Boko Haram custody and negotiations with the terror group continue, the government said.