ABUJA, Nigeria — Two females kidnapped eight years ago by the terrorist group Boko Haram were found recently. Meanwhile, gunmen killed three worshippers at two Nigerian churches.
The relief organization Barnabas Fund reported Hauwa Joseph — one long-held captive of Boko Haram — was found by government troops June 12 near Bama. Two days later, Mary Dauda was located in the Gwoza district near Nigeria’s border with Cameroon. Each has a child.
The two were among 276 girls abducted in 2014 from a school in the mostly Christian area of Chibok. To date, some 160 girls have either escaped, been released or been rescued from Boko Haram.
Mary said the Islamic terrorists forced her to marry a Boko Haram fighter, and more than 20 Chibok females still are held by the terrorists in Sambista forest, from which she fled.
In Kaduna state on June 19, gunmen raided four communities and two churches, Barnabas Fund reported. Three worshipers were killed, two injured and as many as 36 kidnapped.
Nigeria is No. 7 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.