Boko Haram is a militant terrorist organization dedicated to the establishment of a fundamentalist Moslem state. They will stop at nothing to fulfill their objective, including kidnapping, torture and murder. Among other beliefs, they say that women should not be educated (‘Boko Haram’ is Hausa for ‘Education Is Unclean’).
All the world knows of the kidnapping in April 2014 of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok. Boko Haram announced their intention of selling them into slavery, although 50 did escape.
Debbie herself comes from Chibok. Boko Haram had already murdered her father – a pastor – and her brother. With her life in danger, a local pastor paid for her to get away. Furious, Boko Haram returned to the pastor’s house, on May 15, 2013, and shot him dead in front of his children.
Debbie escaped, and later Ann Buwalda, Jubilee Campaign’s US Director, helped to rescue her, and arranged for her to attend a camp for child survivors of terrorism. The 15-year old teenager has started a new life in America, and now attends school in the US. She is actively lobbying on behalf of her sisters in Nigeria
Jubilee USA have helped numerous victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria, provided education and housing for orphans, and a safe house for displaced people.
For several years Jubilee Campaign USA’s Ann Buwalda and others lobbied the US authorities to declare Boko Haram a terrorist organization after documenting numerous attacks in Nigeria.
In November 2013, the US finally named Boko Haram as terrorists.