Shembe condemns Boko Haram

A group of women and girls from the Shembe Church are fasting for the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.

FILE: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. Picture: CNN

JOHANNESBURG - The Shembe Church in Johannesburg has added its voice to a chorus of condemnation against Boko Haram.

Women and girls affiliated to the church have embarked on an indefinite fast to highlight the plight of the missing Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group.

Militants surrounded a school in Chibok in April, where they abducted more than 200 young girls.

Church representative Pat Dooms says, "This campaign was started by a group of young girls, who are members of Amanazaretha [Shembe Church]. They group has had a long indefinite fast, praying for the abducted girls in Nigeria. Shembe describes this as an act of courage and self-sacrifice."

Meanwhile, earlier this week the Nigeria government said it had located the abducted girls.

However, it warned that any potential armed rescue operation was fraught with danger as the 219 girls still held hostage could be caught in the crossfire.