WMC & MCSA Condemn the Abductions in Nigeria

The World Methodist Council and the Methodist Church in Southern Africa have both issued statements condemning the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls.


Methodists join voices pleading for the release of abducted Nigerian girls

The Methodist Church of Southern African (MCSA) believes that human-beings irrespective of race, gender or religious affiliation are created in the image of God and therefore have a right to education and religious freedom. The recent mass abduction of an estimated 234
girls from a school in north-eastern Nigeria by a group of Islamic militants called the Boko Haram has shocked the world. More shocking however, has been the muted coverage of this inhumane situation by the media.

The MCSA echo's the concerns and sentiments expressed by the World Council of Churches, the World Methodist Council, All African Council of Churches and other ecumenical bodies that more needs to be done to end this devastating situation.

We plead for the immediate release and safe return of the girls and for the Nigerian government to speed up and increase efforts to ensure their reunification with their families.

The MCSA calls on the clergy and all people of faith to take time this week to encourage their members to publicly condemn this tragic situation even as we pray and work together for the safe return of the girls.

Let us speak with one voice and radically fight human trafficking.

Released on behalf of:

Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa

President of the South African Council of Churches

Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa

For further information please contact the MCSA
Justice and Service Desk or the MCSA Communications Unit nancy@methchurch.org.za or bongi@methchurch.org.za or 011 615 0729


WMC Statement (issued 5th May)

Twenty days ago, an estimated 234 girls between 16 and 18 years old were taken from a school in northeastern Nigeria by a group of Islamic militants called Boko Haram. Boko Haram was founded in Northeastern Nigeria and has been very active, and very violent, since 2009. The name translates, literally, as "Western education is sinful."

This mass abduction has recently begun to make news outside of Nigeria, and now is drawing attention to a search that has left more questions than answers. Recent news from Nigeria include dubious reports from the nation's military about rescue efforts,  a crackdown on those protesting  the government's response to the kidnapping and also claims by the leader of Boko Haram that  the girls will be sold.

But the missing girls and their safe return home isn't being spoken about enough.

The World Methodist Council would like to express concern over both the abduction and efforts to return of these children to their homes. We believe that every human being is born with a God-given dignity, and a fundamental right to an education.

As the collective voice of 80 million Christians in the Methodist, Wesleyan, United, Uniting and Nazarene faith traditions, the World Methodist Council has been a key player in ecumenical discussions between faiths, and an advocate of peace building throughout the world. The Boko Haram's actions are contrary to everything that the World Methodist Council stands for.

During this time where the lives of 234 young girls hang in the balance, the World Methodist Council asks for prayers and solidarity.

World Methodist Council

PO Box 518

Lake Junaluska, NC 28745




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