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ACTION ALERT
Bring back our girls
#BringBackOurGirls daily vigil in Abuja, Nigeria. Photo courtesy Office of Public Witness

Remind your representatives that is has been 3 years since the Chibok girls were kidnapped and that the food crisis in Nigeria continues.

On April 14th, 2014, 276 Chibok girls were abducted by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. As of now, 195 girls continue to be held. We recognize that not only is this Friday the 3rd anniversary of the girls kidnapping, but also Good Friday, a day where we reflect on both suffering and hope. Countless Nigerians have suffered at the hands of Boko Haram. We wish for hope through humanitarian aid and more government attention for Nigeria in this dark time of an even broader humanitarian crisis.

The 2014 Church of the Brethren Annual Conference statement, A Resolution Responding to Violence in Nigeria (PDF), states, "The circumstances in Nigeria have come to the attention of the world, and to our attention as Brethren. Sisters and brothers of Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) suffer kidnappings, bombings, mass killings, and burning of churches and homes. Despite the global awareness, the violence has continued at an alarming rate. EYN leaders have asked for fasting and prayer for the plight of the church and the people of Nigeria."

We urge continued focus and broad humanitarian response.

Make a phone call or write a letter to your representatives using the following template for inspiration.

Hello,

I am _______ from ________ and a member of the Church of the Brethren. I am calling because I deeply feel for my sisters in Nigeria who, on April 14th, will have been missing for three years.

The Church of the Brethren has been in Nigeria since the early 1920s with now more than a million members in the Northeast and has contributed nearly 5 million dollars to fund crisis response projects.

On April 14th, 2014, 276 Chibok girls were abducted by terrorist group,Boko Haram. We celebrate that some girls have been released, but more action is needed.

Why isn't the United States government doing more to address the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram?

We urge continued focus on the emerging famine and an increase in accessibility for broader humanitarian response.

I would be interested in talking about this further with one of your staffers that works on these issues. My phone number is: ____ My address is: _________ My e-mail address is: _______

You can look up your legislators here: http://www.brethren.org/publicwitness/legislator-lookup.html

Continuing the count:

1000 days later

2 years later

1 year later

In Christ's peace,

Emerson Goering
Peacebuilding and Policy Associate
Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
Washington, D.C.


NOTE: We sent this Action Alert to all churches and pastors because so many of you are praying for Chibok girls. Action Alerts come out periodically identifying advocacy actions you can take related to our Annual Conference statements. They normally only go to those who have signed up to receive them. Please click here to be added to the regular Action Alert list:

http://www.brethren.org/publicwitness/legislator-lookup.html

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For more information about the public witness ministries of the Church of the Brethren, contact Nathan Hosler, Director, Office of Public Witness:

Nathan Hosler
337 North Carolina Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
nhosler@brethren.org
717-333-1649

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Church of the Brethren Action Alerts are a ministry of the denomination's Global Mission and Service and Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C. Contact Global Mission and Service at the Church of the Brethren General Offices, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120; 800-323-8039 or mission@brethren.org.

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