Parents suffer in silence
Eddie Lyle, president of Open Doors UK and Ireland, recently went to Nigeria with David Muir (lecturer at the University of Roehampton), David Shosanya (regional minister of the London Baptist Association), Delroy Powell (UK national leader, New Testament Assembly) and Jimi Adeleye (pastor of the Apostolic Church, Romford).
The team met some of the Chibok parents to deliver messages of support from Christians in the UK and other parts of the world, and spent time praying with them and encouraging them.
“Meeting four of the fathers of the Chibok girls encapsulated for me the agony of this tragic incident,” Lyle said.
Lyle recounted how a husband struggled to contain his wife from screaming at night because of the sense of loss after the abduction of their child.
“She’s missing her daughter and doesn’t know how to live life again,” Lyle said.
Open Doors has been supporting the parents of the Chibok girls with food, medical care and trauma counselling.
The charity plans to extend its work by building a trauma care centre with the support of churches in UK and Ireland.
The centre once complete, likely next year, will be the first of its kind in northern Nigeria, and provide professional help and support to those most affected by persecution.
It will accommodate up to 30 trauma victims at one time. The centre will also have a training annexe to help equip church leaders whose congregations are filled with members who have suffered atrocities perpetrated by the Boko Haram.
A family will typically stay at the trauma centre for six weeks before returning to their homes.
It will cost £660 to care for an individual for that duration at the centre.
Pastor Isaac, who could not disclose his full identity for fear of reprisal, is one of the Nigerian church leaders who could benefit from training at the centre set for Maiduguri, the Nigerian city worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency. It is the capital of Borno State, where Chibok is also located.
His survival from the atrocities Boko Haram carry out is miraculous.
As the terrorists moved from house to house killing everything