“We All Started Crying And Begging For Help”: 17-Year-Old Nigerian Student Who Escaped From Terrorists Speaks On Ordeal
In an interview with the Daily Mail UK, a 17-year-old girl we’ll just call Amina (they gave her last name, but I’d prefer not to put all that out there), who was one of the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, spoke on her harrowing ordeal, and how she escaped from her captors. She said that she was able to get away with the help of one of the Boko Haram militants, who was from her village and spoke the local language from said village.
According to the Daily Mail, Amina got away when the member told her to ask if she could move away from the rest of the girls so that she could relieve herself. When she was allowed to relieve herself, she wound up taking the chance and running through the forest where the girls were held at, and found her way onto a highway. A motorist picked her up and dropped her off in a nearby town called Damboa. Though she is free, she told the Mail that she still is inundated with nightmares about her experience, and the reality that many of her friends from school are still being held captive, being sexually assaulted, abused and enslaved.
She spoke in detail about the night they were kidnapped and what she witnessed while held captive:
“It was about 11 pm and we were very scared to hear shooting. We didn’t know what to do or where to run. After some time we started seeing men in soldiers’ uniforms coming in the school by torchlight. We thought they were soldiers. They said they had been sent to evacuate us so we would not be harmed. We followed them outside and they got us into a lorry. When they shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ [God is great], we knew they were Boko Haram.
We all started crying and begging for help, but they ordered us to keep shut or they would kill us.They took us into the bush and we drove all night and in the morning too, until we arrived at a place where they asked some of us to cook, others to wash dishes, some to grind corn and other chores. They kept insulting us and saying that we must stop going to school, that they were going to marry all of us to their people; that our teachers and government are unbelievers whom they would all kill.”
A counter-terrorism expert told the Daily Mail that Amina’s accounts of what she saw could be a great help in hunting down Boko Haram leaders and hopefully helping to free the other girls.
About 50 girls are believed to have escaped, but of course, more than 200+ are still being held. We told you yesterday that video came out through the Boko Haram showing about 130 of the girls, who were forced to convert to Islam. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said that he will release the girls, if in turn, Islamic militant prisoners are released.
However, Nigerian Interior Minister Abba Moro told the BBC that such a swap is out of the question. “As far as this government is concerned, the option of [the] swap of innocent citizens with people who have taken arms against the country…is not on the table.”