Gender: Female

Perpetrator: Islamic State - West Africa Province (ISWAP)

Religion or Belief: Christian – Unspecified/Other

Reports of Torture: No

Reports of Medical Neglect: No

Date of Detainment: February/19/2018

Current Status: Unknown

Religious Leader: No

Most Recent Type of Abuse: Disappeared

Reason for Persecution: Children’s Rights Religious Activity Religious Belief

Nature of Charges: Not Applicable

Leah Sharibu

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Leah Sharibu is being held in EPC custody for refusing to renounce her faith.

On February 19, 2018, the Islamic State - West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked the Government Girls Science and Technical School in Dapchi, Yobe State, Nigeria, and abducted 110 school girls, including Sharibu. While 104 girls were returned to their families and five were reportedly killed in the abduction, ISWAP kept Leah Sharibu reportedly because she refused to comply with their demands and convert to Islam. ISWAP threatened to kill Leah Sharibu if their demands were not met. Their most recent threat has been to keep Leah Sharibu as a “slave for life.”