Leah Sharibu

Name: Leah Sharibu

Age: 16

Country: Nigeria

Incident: On February 19, 2018, a separate faction of Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), abduced 110 schoolgirls from Government Girls Science and Technical College. Five of the girls were killed during the kidnapping, and 104 were returned safely to their homes. However, Leah Sharibu currently remains in Boko Haram captivity as she refuses to meet the demands of the group and renounce Christianity & return to Islam.

Current Status as of June 2020:

  • LATEST: As of October 18, 2020, abducted Nigerian teachers and students Ezra Bako, Miracle Saitu Danjuma, Favour Danjuma, Happiness Odoji, and Christiana Madugu were released; however, Leah Sharibu continues to remain in Boko Haram captivity.
  • In January 2020, it was confirmed by an aid worker that Leah is still alive and that she is healthy, and this news was followed up on January five days later by unconfirmed reports that she became pregnant and gave birth to a boy.