200 Hours for 200 Days
Leah refused to renounce her faith. She paid the price with her freedom.
She was one of 110 girls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Nigeria by Boko Haram in February 2018. The next month, following negotiations by the government, the girls were put into vehicles to go home.
However, Leah wasn’t among them. In a moment of extraordinary courage, she refused to convert in exchange for her freedom.
What is 200 Hours for 200 Days?
Leah is still, after five months in captivity, refusing to renounce her faith.
200 Hours for 200 Days is a prophetic protest, inspired by Leah’s perseverance. We want to bring home to people just how long Leah has been held captive. And urge the Nigerian government to negotiate her release, as they did for the rest of her classmates.
Between 9am on 4 September and 5pm on 12 September, each of us will take a turn to stand at this solitary school desk in front of the Nigerian High Commission (9 Northumberland Ave, Westminster). Leah should be with her classmates right now, but instead she was snatched from her school and is being denied her faith and her future.
Stand in prayer. Stand in protest. Stand in silent meditation. Stand and shout for justice for Leah. Share your stand and help raise voices to speak out for Leah.
Have questions before you sign up? Scroll to the bottom for the FAQs.
Can’t get to London? Wherever you are, you can still play a big part for Leah.
On the 200th day, Thursday 6 September, we’re asking Christians to flood social media channels with selfie films urging churches to speak up for Leah.
There are loads of other ways you can get involved:
- Ask church leaders and Christians with media influence to take part in the protest or to share a selfie film on 6 September
- Invite your church to take part – you can download this 2 minute film to show
- Share your selfie holding up the message #FreeLeah
Not on social media? No problem
- Use this guide to write a letter to the Nigerian Ambassador and send it between 4-12 September.
- Choose an hour between 9am on 4 September and 5pm on 12 September when you will commit to gather with your church or small group to pray, sign the petition, and write letters.
- Get creative around 200 Hours. You could fast something during the 200 Hours to raise awareness. Or try to gather 200 signatures. It’s up to you!
Want to do something right now?6,000 have taken action so far. Help us reach 10,000 signatures – print the petition, sign online, or email this link to friends: https://csw.e-activist.com/page/24945/action/1
FAQs about the protest
Will I be protesting on my own?
A member of CSW staff will be there at the start and end of your hour but for the rest of the time you will keep the vigil alone (unless you’ve come with someone else). The staff member will answer any questions you have before you start. You will also have a number to call the staff member, who will be somewhere close by, should you have a question during your hour.
What do I do in my hour?
It’s up to you. You can stand in silent prayer and reflection. You can hold up a placard. You can answer questions of passers-by.
Do I have to stand for the whole hour?
No, there will also be a chair so you can sit too.
Do I have to approach people or get signatures?
No. There will be a leaflet you can hand out, and if passers-by want to sign the petition they can. But you’re not expected to approach people.
Will I be asked to move on?
No. The Metropolitan Police have been informed and you have permission to be there. It is your democratic right to peacefully and respectfully protest. CSW has engaged in many similar protests in the past without any problem.
Do I need to wear anything?
Just wear whatever is comfortable. We'll have a few #FreeLeah t shirts that you can put on over the top of your t-shirt or jumper if you wish.
Can I have more information about Leah’s situation?
A few days before the protest we’ll send out more info, if you'd like to feel better prepared about answering questions. You can also download the petition, which includes FAQs about Leah’s plight.
Please join us and stand for Leah.
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