Jummai and the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Riyom are conducting their campaign in one of the more challenging environments faced by a local team.

Pro-life activities are totally new in Riyom. Abortion is illegal, but nonetheless available. Pregnancy outside of marriage is seen as an abomination, Jummai said, "and the stigma ? the shame faced by parents ? has left them with no choice than to encourage their daughters to go for abortion."

The opening rally in Riyom featured testimony from young women who rejected abortion ? and were then rejected by their parents. Still, they did not regret choosing life for their babies.

This 40 Days for Life campaign has a particular focus on young people. "The youth are worst hit by the crisis," Jummai said, but there is hope in the churches. "It is my fervent prayer that at least five churches will set up committees to address pro-life issues."


With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.