Female Christian Victims of Boko Haram
And leftist feminists’ deafening silence.
Among the world’s suffering masses are the adherents of Christianity, the most persecuted of religions. Indeed, aside from what our establishment media would like you to believe, it is not Muslims who constitute the most oppressed of the world’s religions. It is Christians. Moreover, about 80% of the time, the oppression under which Christians in Africa and the Middle East are made to live is inflicted upon them by Islam.
And unlike women, or at least self-described “feminist” women, in the West who would have us think that they’re injured every time a man (or, more specifically, a white heterosexual man) fails to use gender-neutral pronouns, or expresses his opposition to abortion, Christian women in places like Nigeria are made to genuinely suffer.
Take the case of Leah Sharibu. Leah is a 15 year-old Nigerian, a Christian, who was taken from her family by Boko Haram thugs eight months ago. Yet recently, matters took another turn.
According to Open Doors, an organization dedicated to helping persecuted Christians, Boko Haram is now threatening to murder Leah unless the demands that it has issued to the Nigerian government are met. Considering that it just released a video of the murder of a 25 year-old aid worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, a woman who it was holding along with Leah, Boko Haram’s threats must be taken seriously.
Khorsa was kidnapped on March 1 when Boko Haram set upon the town of Rann, near the Cameroon border. In addition to Leah, two other women were abducted, two relief workers—Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a midwife employed by the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Alice Loksha Ngaddah, a nurse for UNICEF.
Upon releasing the video of the murder of Khorsa, a spokesperson for Boko Haram announced that the terrorist organization had “contacted the government through writing and…audio messages,” but to no avail.
This being so, Boko Haram would leave “a message of blood.”
The message is simple: “The other nurse and midwife will be executed in similar manner in one month, including Leah Sharibu.”
Leah was kidnapped on February 13 of this year when Boko Haram attacked her school and carried off 100 girls. Every other girl had been released since then. Leah is the only one who remains in captivity because, remarkably, she refused to renounce Christ.
Recently, Boko Haram released what is thought to be a “scripted” audio recording of Leah:
“I also plead to the members of the public to help my mother, my father, my younger brother and relatives. Kindly help me out of my predicament. I am begging you to treat me with compassion. I am calling on the government, particularly the President, to pity me and get me out of this serious situation. Thank you.”
Emanuel Egebe, a Nigerian activist based in the United States, notes that in murdering an aide worker—and an Islamic worker at that—Boko Haram has changed strategies and upped the ante. “To my knowledge,” Egebe remarked, “this is the first execution by Boko Haram of an aid worker for failure to respond to a demand.”
“Boko Haram generally executes Christian males who refuse to convert, men and women—Christian or Muslim—who work for security services…It is contrary to Boko Haram’s rules of engagement to execute Muslim women [.]”
He concludes that just “when you don’t think they can sink any lower, they hit a new nadir!”
To be sure, it isn’t that Boko Haram has had any reservations about murdering “United Nations diplomats and aid workers…including Korean doctors, polio vaccinators, etc.” Yet “this is the first execution for failure to meet their ransom demands.”
Egebe, though, is as much in the dark as anyone else as to what exactly it is Boko Haram is demanding from the Nigerian government.
In the meantime, the fate of this young Christian woman, Leah Sharibu, and two other female aid workers hangs in the balance.
Yet the self-styled champions of women and enemies of “Islamophobia” in the West won’t utter a peep about this ugly fact.