Richard Ginika Izuora
A Christian woman, on Saturday, January 24, revealed how she refused to renounce her faith during her captivity at the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.
The woman named Amina told Christian.org.uk how she refused to turn her back on Christ when she was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.
According to her, Boko Haram insurgents first attacked her family in 2012; when a group of 20 militants raided her home; and attempted to force her husband and children to renounce their Christian faith.
When they refused, they were attacked one by one.
“My husband died immediately”, said Amina, “but two of my children were later rushed to the hospital; and their lives were saved by God’s grace after surgery”.
Five years later, she was attacked again by the Boko Haram insurgents.
This time, Amina was hit three times when the terrorists opened fire on a bus she was travelling on.
“They killed all the men immediately and then took the women to a forest where we were kept for eight months. All of us suffered from trauma, fear, and anxiety.”
By the special grace of God, we all stood in faith.
The women were all told to renounce their faith and embrace Islam, but they refused and continued secretly praying and singing to God, even when threatened with execution.
She said: “By the special grace of God, we all stood in faith. For us, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. We always prayed and sang songs to God because we preferred to die than to become Muslims. But it was not easy.”
Amina was eventually released by the Boko Haram insurgents and took part in a trauma healing programme run by Christian persecution charity Open Doors.
She said: “After the program, I got peace for my family and myself. I thank God for that encouragement that they gave to me at that time.”