Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogo, are two of the Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in 2014 while reading a letter applauding U.S. President Donald Trump during a recent visit to the White House appealing him to keep America safe.
The White House released more photos of the girls on Saturday, saying during their visit, Joy and Lydia “read the President a letter about their experience”.
It will be recalls that on the night of April 14, 2014, Boko Haram terrorists attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno kidnapping over 200 girls.
An excerpt of the letter is below:
“Mr. President, we urge you to keep America safe and strong.
“We know that some people are trying to discourage you.
“Do not be discouraged. You are right to keep American safe and strong.
“Not only for America. But for the world.
“If America is not safe and strong, where can people like us look for hope, when there is danger?
“Finally, we urge you to keep making America prosperous.”
Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, hosted the Chibok schoolgirls during their visit, the White House said.
“The girls are recent graduates of Canyonville Christian Academy in Oregon, and they were accompanied by the school President, Doug Wead.
“The President and Ivanka were both deeply moved by the girls’ visit,” the statement by the White House read.
The Chibok schoolgirls’ visit coincided with the U.S. State Department’s release of its annual Trafficking in Persons Report.
“In the wake of the report, the two Chibok schoolgirls’ visit to the White House was a reminder that the survivors of the scourge of human trafficking are heroes whose courage can inspire us all,” the White House said.
“Let us recommit ourselves to finding those still in the shadows of exploitation, and let us celebrate the heroes who continue to shine on the darkness of human trafficking.”