Refugees Who Ate Leaves To Survive Given Aid

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Refugees who ate leaves to survive given aid

Displaced people in northeast Nigeria have been forced to eat leaves to survive, as a humanitarian crisis develops in the region. Since October, Open Doors has provided lifesaving food aid for 3,000 families – approximately 15,000 people – thanks to your prayers and support.

“We had to flee Boko Haram because they didn’t allow us to go to our farm,” said Mary Charles, one of those who received aid. “We had no drinking water and we didn’t have anything to eat. I thank God for this food aid and I thank the people who brought it. We now have food that we can give to our children. We didn’t have anything to give them.”

Please Pray:

  • For provision for the millions of people facing starvation in northeast Nigeria
  • For provision, comfort and protection for displaced Christians, who have faced discrimination in official refugee camps and formed their own unofficial refugee camps
  • For wisdom and strength for Open Doors workers as they support thousands of displaced families.

Fleeing Boko Haram

Many of the families supported by Open Doors are from Gwoza, the city declared by Boko Haram as the capital of their ‘caliphate’ in 2014. While many areas have been retaken by the Nigerian army, the situation is still unstable.

Bishop William Naga, leader of the Borno chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said, “Only the bigger towns are fully under the control of the Nigerian army. The outskirts of these towns and villages in the state are not safe. Boko Haram is still in control of big parts of the Borno State. We cannot go back there now.”

Discrimination in refugee camps

Christians have faced discrimination in official refugee camps and have resorted to forming their own unofficial camps. Bishop Naga said, “They will give food to the refugees, but if you are a Christian they will not give you food. They will even openly tell you that the relief is not for Christians. There is an open discrimination.”

Stand with your church family in Nigeria

If you would like to do more to support our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, you can give a gift to provide them with vital aid. Every £34 can provide clothing and blankets to a survivor of violence in Nigeria or another part of Africa.

You can also speaking out on their behalf. Invite your MP to the launch of the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List in January, which will highlight the persecution faced by Christians in Nigeria and other parts of the world, and equip our leaders with the information they need to speak out on behalf of our persecuted church family.


With many thanks for your prayers,


Lisa Pearce

With many peaceful blessings



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I am an author and broadcaster. In January 2013 I very nearly died but our Father God healed me and I am still alive to tell the tale! I have written/edited several books about the Bible, God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. My future ministry is focused on outreach. I do not just want to preach to the converted but to many people 'out there' who do not know Jesus as their Saviour and who are in great need of His love and compassion. Praise be to the Lord our God, our Heavenly Father

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