Par­ents suf­fer in si­lence

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north­ern Nige­ria.

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

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