Bring Back Our Girls campaigners hold banners as they
walk during a protest procession marking the 500th day
since the abduction of girls in Chibok, along a road in Lagos
August 27, 2015. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram
kidnapped some 270 girls and women from a school in
Chibok a year ago. More than 50 eventually escaped, but at
least 200 remain in captivity, along with scores of other
girls kidnapped before the Chibok girls.
One Chibok girl who managed to escape Nigerian terror
group Boko Haram has revealed that many of the 200
Christian schoolgirls abducted in April 2014 are still
alive. But the girls have suffered greatly under the
jihadists with a number of them impregnated and carrying
diseases, while those who have refused to convert to
Islam have been killed.
The Saturday Vanguard reported that one of the
kidnapped girls who was kept in the Sambisa forest camp
managed to escape captivity, and was rescued by Fulani
herdsmen. She revealed that many of the girls have been
relocated to the Lake Chad region following heavy military
operations on the Sambisa forest by Nigeria’s
“All of us were forced to become Muslims but kept in
camps far from each other,” the girl said. “You can only
see and recognize those in your camp as any of us who
refused being Islamized was either beheaded or shot at
point blank range.”
The escapee revealed that many of the girls were
forcefully married to the terrorists, who impregnated them
and infected some of them with different diseases. The
girl herself was both impregnated and contracted the VVF
disease from one of the militants.
She added that almost all of the girls have been married
off to Boko Haram militants, with a number of them
already giving birth to the babies.
The escapee asserted her belief that the Islamic militants
have been seriously weakened due to the ongoing military
campaign against them, and are moving around from
camp to camp, planting mines and other explosive
The Chibok girls are said to be kept at different camps,
including in Kangoora, Mallam Fatori, Damasak, Tunbun
Kaka and Tumbum Gira.
Boko Haram has been waging war on the government
since 2009, seeking to drive out all Christians from the
country and kill anyone, including Muslims, who stand in
its way. It has destroyed entire villages, committing mass
slaughters, and has expanded its attacks in neighboring
countries such as Chad and Cameroon.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to rid the
country of the jihadist group, though the Islamic militants
continue carrying out bombings. At least seven people
were killed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri in the
latest attack on Tuesday, following a triple bomb blast on
a densely populated suburb.
Nigeria’s military has claimed that Boko Haram’s actions
are getting more desperate, The Associated
“The noose is tightening around the terrorists,” Nigeria’s
Defence Headquarters said earlier this week. “We will
continue the momentum until terrorists are extinct in
Human rights monitoring groups like Amnesty
International have said that close to 20,000 people have
died in the six-year insurgency.
The fate of the Chibok girls has especially captivated the
world’s attention and their plight made headline news
Back in August, Rev. Samuel Dali of the Church of the
Brethren in Nigeria, who said he is the pastor of many of
the Chibok girls, revealed that as many as 8,000 members
of the congregations he oversees have been killed by
“Seventy percent of our churches have been destroyed in
Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by Boko Haram; over
8,000 of our members were killed; 176 of the girls
kidnapped in Chibok are our members,” Dali revealed.