Category Archives: Slavery

Nigerian School Girls: Nigeria

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UPDATE  December 9, 2016
One of the Chibok girls has escaped from Boko Haram.  On November 5, 2016 soldiers in northern Borno state found Maryam Ali Maiyanga (#198) as they were searching the forest for escapees from the terrorist group.  Nigerian government officials confirm that she was found, along with a 10 month old baby, Ali, cradled in her arms.  She was kidnapped on April 14, 2014, along with her twin sister (who has not been found), and almost 300 boarding school girls.  Please pray that all the girls will be released, or enabled to escape from their terrorist captors.

Source: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, DW, Open Doors


UPDATE, April 18, 2015
April 14 marks the first anniversary of the kidnapping of the Chibok school girls.   Some authorities claim they will never be found, but we can continue to pray for them.  Go here for a list of girls to pray for, by name, each day.


UPDATE, November 10, 2014
The leader of Boko Haram says that all the school girls kidnapped from their school at Chibok have been converted to Islam and have been married off.  Please continue to pray for these girls, and their families.


UPDATE June 20, 2014
Representatives of Open Doors recently delivered letters written to the families of the kidnapped Nigerian school girls.  They learned that two parents have died under the strain of their missing girls.  One visitor to the region from Open Doors stated, “What they are going through is unimaginable. Many we met were simply too broken to say much at all. They just cried. Clearly the pressure is taking its toll.” 

More girls continue to be kidnapped by Boko Haram.   Eight to eleven more girls were kidnapped on May 4th by the terrorist organization.  “I have kidnapped the girls. I will sell them on the market in the name of Allah,” said a man who may be  Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.  He recently released a 57-minute video, obtained by the Agence France Presse news agency.  “I’ll sell them as slaves in the name of Allah. There is a market where they sell human beings.  Western education must stop. Girls must leave school and get married,” the man said. “I would give a 12-year-old girl in marriage; I would give in marriage even a 9-year-old girl.”

Please continue to pray that Nigerian forces will be able to locate the girls and free them, and that the kidnapping of young girls will be stopped.

Source:  Open Doors


UPDATE May 29, 2014
Go here to write a letter to the grieving families

UPDATE May 27, 2014
Late on April 14, 2014, men dressed as soldiers entered the dormitories of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria.  Joyce was still awake when the men entered, threatening to shoot anyone who didn’t cooperate.  “We thought they were military,” she said. “They ordered us to gather in one place, before setting fire to our buildings. Even our own personal belongings have not been spared.’’   They forced the girls into vehicles and took off into the woods.  The girls were given drinks and told to prepare food.  The next afternoon, pretending to go to the bathroom,  Joyce and two other girls were able to escape.  They reached a tribe of nomadic herders that evening.  They were able to spend the night with them, and the next day arrived back home.  About 40 other girls have managed to escape.  There are still about 270 girls who are missing.  One of the families of the missing girls lives near Chibok.  ‘‘We live in anxiety day and night,” said the man (name withheld for safety reasons).  “We are idle, while the rainy season (for farming) has started. We mourn and pray day and night for the return of our daughters.”   Some of the scholar’s of the Islamic world have denounced the kidnappings.

Source:  Open Doors


On April 15, Boko Haram kidnapped 300 teenaged girls from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok.  284 girls are still missing.  Boko Haram has been waging war on Christians in Nigeria for years.  They have made a habit of kidnapping teenaged girls, forcing them to marry members of the terrorist organization.  They frequently attack Christian villages, burn homes and businesses, and kill indiscriminately.  The kidnapping of 300 girls from the government school has finally brought this situation to light.

What you can do:

  • Pray for the missing girls and their families (see individual names listed below).
  • Contact your political representatives and encourage them to act on this situation.

178 of the missing girls
Deborah Abge
Awa Abge
Hauwa Yirma
Asabe Manu
Mwa Malam Pogu
Patient Dzakwa
Saraya Mal Stover
Mary Dauda
Gloria Mainta
Hanatu Ishaku
Gloria Dama
Tabitha Pogu
Maifa Dama
Ruth Kollo
Esther Usman
Awa James
Anthonia Yahonna
Kume Mutah
Aisha Ezekial
Nguba Buba
Kwana Simon
Kummai Aboku
Esther Markus
Hana Stephen
Rifkatu Amos
Rebecca Mallum
Blessing Abana
Ladi Wadai
Tabitha Hyelampa
Ruth Ngladar
Safiya Abdu
Na’omi Yahonna
Solomi Titus
Rhoda John
Rhoda John
Rhoda John
Laraba John
Rebecca Luka
Saratu Markus
Mary Usman
Debora Yahonna
Naomi Zakaria
Hanatu Musa
Hauwa Tella
Juliana Yakubu
Suzana Yakubu
Saraya Paul
Jummai Paul
Mary Sule
Jummai John
Yanke Shittima
Muli Waligam
Fatima Tabji
Eli Joseph
Saratu Emmanuel
Deborah Peter
Rahila Bitrus
Luggwa Sanda
Kauna Lalai
Lydia Emmar
Laraba Maman
Hauwa Isuwa
Comfort Habila
Hauwa Abdu
Hauwa Balti
Yana Joshua
Laraba Paul
Saraya Amos
Glory Yaga
Na’omi Bitrus
Godiya Bitrus
Awa Bitrus
Na’omi Luka
Maryamu Lawan
Tabitha Silas
Mary Yahona
Ladi Joel
Rejoice Sanki
Luggwa Samuel
Comfort Amos
Comfort Amos
Sicker Abdul
Talata Daniel
Rejoice Musa
Deborah Abari
Salomi Pogu
Mary Amor
Ruth Joshua
Esther John
Esther Ayuba
Maryamu Yakubu
Zara Ishaku
Maryamu Wavi
Lydia Habila
Laraba Yahonna
Na’omi Bitrus
Rahila Yahanna
Ruth Lawan
Ladi Paul
Mary Paul
Esther Joshua
Helen Musa
Margret Watsai
Deborah Jafaru
Filo Dauda
Febi Haruna
Ruth Ishaku
Racheal Nkeki
Rifkatu Soloman
Mairama Yahaya
Saratu Dauda
Jinkai Yama
Margret Shettima
Yana Yidau
Grace Paul
Amina Ali
Palmata Musa
Awagana Musa
Pindar Nuhu
Yana Pogu
Saraya Musa
Hauwa Joseph
Hauwa Kwakwi
Hauwa Musa
Maryamu Musa
Maimuna Usman
Rebeca Joseph
Liyatu Habitu
Rifkatu Yakubu
Naomi Philimon
Deborah Abbas
Ladi Ibrahim
Asabe Ali
Maryamu Bulama
Ruth Amos
Mary Ali
Abigail Bukar
Deborah Amos
Saraya Yanga
Kauna Luka
Christiana Bitrus
Yana Bukar
Hauwa Peter
Hadiza Yakubu
Lydia Simon
Ruth Bitrus
Mary Yakubu
Lugwa Mutah
Muwa Daniel
Hanatu Nuhu
Monica Enoch
Margret Yama
Docus Yakubu
Rhoda Peter
Rifkatu Galang
Saratu Ayuba
Naomi Adamu
Hauwa Ishaya
Rahap Ibrahim
Deborah Soloman
Hauwa Mutah
Hauwa Takai
Serah Samuel
Aishatu Musa
Aishatu Grema
Hauwa Nkeki
Hamsatu Abubakar
Mairama Abubakar
Hauwa Wule
Ihyi Abdu
Hasana Adamu
Rakiya Kwamtah
Halima Gamba
Aisha Lawan
Kabu Malla
Yayi Abana
Falta Lawan
Kwadugu Manu

Father of the Missing Girls,
You know where each one of these precious young girls are. You know each of them by name. You knit each one of them together in their mother’s womb.  You have a plan for each of their lives.  Reveal yourself to each girl, Father.  Open her eyes to the truth that she is not alone.  Show her a glimpse of the glorious future You have in store for her.  Give her strength, courage, endurance, wisdom, understanding, compassion, forgiveness, love, hope, faith.  These are young women, Lord, stolen from a school where they should be safe and protected.  Intervene in a powerful way, like You have for thousands of Your other children.  Set them free, bring them home, and heal them.  You are their Father.  Strengthen, encourage, and support their parents and families.  Words as so hard to find so I hand my prayer over to Your Holy Spirit who prays for us with words that can’t be spoken.  Let Your light shine, and Your Spirit hover over each one of these kidnapped girls, and all the other kidnapped girls in the world.  Bring peace and release, Father.  Only You can save them.  Amen.

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Shahzad Masih and Shama Bibi: Pakistan

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Shahzad-and-her-wife-Shama-Bibi-3Shahzad Masih, and his pregnant wife Shama Bibi, were working as bonded (indentured) laborers in the brick-kiln in their village, Chak 59, about 40 miles southwest of Lahore.  The majority of kiln workers in this region are Christians, and they have a very hard life.  Shahzad had been working there for 17 years, attempting to pay off his father’s debt.  He began working there at age 13, and his three children (with one more on the way) have more of the same to look forward to.

According to the World Watch Monitor, Parveen Bibi, Shama’s sister, reported that Shama’s father-in-law “used to do black magic”.  Shama was burning amulets and other documents that were part of his materials.  Some of the documents may have included Qur’anic verses, but because she was completely illiterate, Shama would not have known this.  It was announced over the loud-speaker at the local mosque that she had burned a Quran, a mob developed, and they rushed to the kiln.  The workers ran away, and Shahzad and Shama locked themselves in a room.  Attackers climbed onto the thatched roof, and dragged the couple out.  They broke their legs, beat them with clubs and axes, tied them to a tractor, and dragged them around.  As the couple was screaming for their lives, they poured gasoline over them, and drove them into a kiln where they were burned to death.

One report states that the owner of the kiln started the rumor because the couple owed him some money.  The five law officers who arrived on the scene were unable to control the mob.  A massive crack down by police in the area has caused the mobsters to “disappear.”

Sources:  Voice of the Martyrs
The Nation
The Tribune
World Watch Monitor

What you can do:

  • Pray for the children of this couple.
  • Pray for the village, the country, and the government of Pakistan.
  • Contribute to an organization that supports the needs of orphaned children.

Father, there is no way to know the horror that a day can bring:  school children attacked, tortured, and killed, mothers imprisoned and sentenced to death for their faith, and now a couple, mobbed, tortured and burned alive.  And these things don’t just happen in Pakistan–they are happening all around the world, everyday, with increasing frequency.  You said that those who choose to follow Jesus will be persecuted, just as He was, and that if we suffer with Him we will also be glorified with Him.  I thank You that Shahzad and Shama did not suffer and die alone–You were right there with them, and with their child-in-womb, and now they are at peace, but the horror of how they died is overwhelming!  And they leave behind 4 other children eight years of age and under.  Protect them, Father.  Provide a home and “new” parents for them.  I ask You to bring them to a family that will be able to lift them out of their status as indentured slaves.  I pray that you will reveal Yourself to each of their children, teach them Your ways, and heal them from this unspeakable horror that has changed their lives completely.  I pray for the people of this village, for restoration, reconciliation, and deliverance.  I pray for the police as they work to end this reprehensible behavior.  I pray for the people who killed this beautiful couple–convict them of their sin, give them a hunger and thirst for righteousness, and draw them to Yourself.  For the sake of Your great name.  Amen.

Julie Hatfield: United States of America

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Julie Hatfield was a victim of human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio.  Her traffickers used drugs and violence to keep her under their control.  “Your mind is distorted. You have no hope,” she said when she testified about her condition in court. “You’re so degraded that you feel like you mean nothing, that your life is worthless, that you don’t want to live, you know? You feel like you actually deserve to die.”

Ohio has a new law, signed into effect last summer by Governor John Kasich, that allows the victims of human trafficking to petition the court to have their criminal records expunged.  The records are completely removed, and their slate is cleansed.  Julie Hatfield was the first person to use the new law.  “The law now provides that those records will be destroyed. That means physically destroyed paper. That means erased from any databases or hard drives,” said Judge Paul Herbert, who declared that Julie met the requirements of the law.  He sent her out of the court room a free woman!

Julie’s message to others:

“You don’t have to live that way. There really is hope. There’s people that care for you. You don’t have to live in that shame or guilt anymore.”

God, I thank you for the Ohio state legislature, and Governor Kasich.  I thank you for Judge Herbert, and all who were involved with rescuing this woman from sexual bondage.  I pray for all the 27 million people around the world who are enslaved in the sexual trade, and who are looking for a way out.  Send people to deliver them, and heal them with the saving power of Your loving kindness and tender mercies.  Show each of us how to reach out to those around us each day.  We never know who might be needing a kind word, and tender attention.  Use your people to bring light, love, and acceptance to the world, wherever we are, and whatever we are doing.  Bless Julie, and all those in her position.  Restore her.  Give her a new life, a satisfying and fulfilling profession, and many family and friends to love and support her, and a storehouse full of people to love and minister to.  In Your holy name, Amen.

Sources
TV10.com
Denison Forum on Truth and Culture

Slavery Today

Two children are sold into slavery every minute.
There are 1.2 million children sold into slavery each year.
About half of the world’s slaves are children.
There are about 27 million slaves in the world–about 200,000 of them live in the United States.

These are people who are
•    Forced to work
•    Owned by their employers
•    Treated as property–bought and sold
•    Held in bondage
•    Forced into marriage
•    Born into slavery
•    Trafficked for the sex trade

Video from End It Movement

On average, it costs $90.00 to buy a slave in today’s world.  A class of 4th and 5th graders was so shocked to learn that slaves still exist today, that they raised enough money, just from within the class, to purchase the freedom of one person, and it took them only about a week!

But the slaves can’t just be set free.  They have to learn how to live a new life.  That takes people willing to mentor the liberated ones, resources for training, job placement, food, clothing, and shelter.  That’s why Life Today has developed an entire system to rescue people from sexual slavery, building homes where they can live as they learn the skills to begin a new life.

Where do you fit into the need?

What you can do:
Get informed
Tell Others
Set up or join an anti-slavery group
Donate to Anti-Slavery
End It
Life Today

Sources
End It
Anti-Slavery
Life Today

Giselle Meza: United States of America

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Giselle, a young teenager, lived with her mother, who worked hard to make ends meet—sometimes needing 3 jobs to keep things going.  Giselle was left alone much of the time, unsupervised, and vulnerable.  When she was 14 she met a “wonderful” woman who took her under her wing—taking her out to eat, making things with her, spending time with the lonesome girl.  When summer came, the woman suggested that Giselle go with her to her home in NYC.  Giselle told her mom she was going on a trip “with a friend” and off they went.  Giselle loved the woman, who made her feel special and cared for.  In NYC they went shopping (the woman bought her some beautiful shoes and dresses), they went out to eat, and went to the theater.

After a few days in New York, the woman suggested they go to London, where she had another home.  Giselle agreed.  Jet lagged and exhausted from the flight, Giselle went to her “own room” where she slept all night and most of the next day.  When she woke up, she went out to the kitchen looking for a drink of water.  Men were everywhere—sitting on the kitchen floor, having sex in the rooms she walked by.  Giselle returned to her bedroom without getting her drink.

That evening the woman told Giselle to dress up and get ready for a nice evening.  It was the beginning of a torturous 13 days of sexual predation on this young, virgin girl.  Night after night she was required to accept and deliver sexual acts to man after man after man.  She was in hell.

The 13th night found her in a hotel conference room.  Again, men were everywhere, enjoying the party.  They looked Giselle over and passed her from one to another.  Later in the evening, one of the men beckoned to her to come to him.  “I’ll be back tomorrow to pick you up,” he said.  “I’m going to take you to my country.”  Giselle was stunned, confused, frightened.  She left the conference room to go to the bathroom when she heard a voice in her head clearly say, “Get out now.”  The voice said it again, and Giselle took the elevator to the hotel lobby.  Walking outside she saw a driver waiting with his car.  “Will you take me to my flat?” she asked.  “I need to get something.”

“Sure,” the man said.

He drove Giselle to the apartment where she asked him to wait while she picked up her backpack.  He waited!  Then he drove Giselle to the airport.  She called her friends, told them of her predicament, and their mothers got together and bought her a plane ticket home.  Giselle was able to escape a life of sexual slavery, but if she had been taken to the man’s country, she most likely would still be there.

Today Giselle works with children in foreign countries who are vulnerable to sexual predators.  She left a successful career as a fashion model to help these defenseless children.  “I was saved by Jesus,” she says, and truly no other explanation makes any real sense!
You can learn more about Giselle and what you can do to help at Life Today, and at Urban Christian News.

Lord, you are the King of kings.  I thank you with all my heart for the miraculous way that you rescued Giselle, and the platform that you have given her to reach out to vulnerable children around the world.  I thank you for the organizations that are working together to provide shelter, rehabilitation, and a new life for children who have been rescued from sexual slavery.  I pray that you will bless their efforts, that news will travel far and wide of what they are doing, and that you will continue to raise up people to support this work.  I pray for the women and children who have been rescued, that you will heal them completely, washing them clean of all that was done to them, and welcoming them into the kingdom of Jesus, who became sin, so that we might become righteous.  I pray, too, for the thousands of people who still remain enslaved.  Father, send your Spirit into their lives right now to defend them, protect them, and release them.  Open their eyes so that they can see you right there in the middle of their bondage.  Rescue them, and set them free, Lord.  Let your kingdom come to these precious children, and show me exactly what you want me to do for the least of these, your brothers and sisters.  In Jesus’ most powerful, glorious, and beautiful name, Amen.