Churchgoers pray for the release of secondary school girls abducted from in the remote village of Chibok, at an Evangelical Church of West Africa church in Abuja. (REUTERS/Joe Penney)
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Abducted Nigerian girl scared to go back to schoolOne of the teenagers who escaped from Islamic extremists who abducted more than 300 schoolgirls says the kidnapping was "too terrifying for words," and she is now scared to go back to school. Sarah Lawan, a 19-year-old science student, spoke out Sunday as Nigerians prayed for the safety of the 276 students still held captive. In churches across the nation, Nigerians prayed for the girls, whose plight has brought together ordinary people in a year that had seen growing dissension between Muslims and Christians, disagreements exacerbated by the increasingly deadly attacks of the Boko Haram terrorist network. Africa's most populous nation of 170 million has almost equal numbers of Christians and Muslims.Britain, Nigeria's former colonizer, has said it hopes to help not just in rescuing the girls but in the wider conflict to halt the 5-year-old Islamic uprising in which thousands of Muslims and Christians have been killed and some 750,000 people driven from their homes.
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