A Christian teenager from Nigeria is being held captive after refusing to deny Christ and her Christian faith.
In 2018, when Leah Sharibu was only 15 year old, she along with 109 of her female schoolmates were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
The terrorists would not let Leah go unless she renounced her Christian faith and converted to Islam. The brave young girl refused and was declared a “slave for life” by her captors.
She was the only Christian girl in the group of 110 girls that were abducted, and is the only one that is still being held in captivity because she is refusing to deny Christ.
The other girls who are Muslims were freed.
“She was held back…We were freed because we are Muslim girls and they didn’t want us to suffer, that is why they release us.” said Khadija Grema.
“My daughter is alive but they said she is a Christian and that is why they cannot release her…They gave her the option of converting in order to be released but she said she will never become a Muslim” Leah’s father, Nata Sharibu told RayPower 100.5FM.
Leah’s father also said “I am also happy too because my daughter did not denounce Christ”.
Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians said “Leah Sharibu is the face of ongoing, genocidal terror annihilating Christians in Nigeria”.
So far this year, 620 Christians have been murdered in Nigeria by Jihadists and Fulani militants.
Earlier this year a Christian pastor was beheaded after refusing to deny Jesus Christ.
Nigeria ranks number 12 on the Open Doors USA watch list on Christian persecution.
Over 260 million Christians live under severe persecution worldwide, meaning 1 in 8 Christians experience persecution.
We have also seen an alarming increase in Christian persecution in Europe, with 3 000 attacks in 2019.
Roughly 3 000 Christian churches, schools, cemeteries and monuments have been vandalized, looted or defaced in Europe last year. In 2018, 875 churches in France were attacked.