Many schoolgirls were pregnant before I escaped Boko Haram’s den – Escapee
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
April 19, 2021
Above image courtesy of local sources, fair use.
Juliana Christopher, one of the students of the College of Business and Management Studies in Konduga, kidnapped by Boko Haram, said she saw many Chibok girls in the terrorists’ camp.
She added that many of those little girls were either pregnant or nursing children belonging to the Islamists.
Christopher while speaking with newsmen, said he spent three weeks in Boko Haram camp after the insurgents, who were dressed in military uniforms, stormed her school in Borno State and kidnapped her.
She narrated that after she was abducted along with her colleagues by the hoodlums, they took them into the forest, where she saw other victims who were pregnant and nursing babies of the Boko Haram extremists.
“On reaching their camp, we met many young girls there and the whole place was in disarray. It was in 2014 and I was in the Boko Haram camp for three weeks. We met Chibok girls in the camp. While in the camp, I saw so many small girls, who were kidnapped. Some were being molested.
“Some were carrying children, while others were pregnant for the Boko Haram insurgents. It was a disgusting thing. Fortunately for me and some other girls, we escaped from the forest and found our way back to Chibok,” she explained.
The escapee explained that her father became sick shortly after she was abducted, adding that every effort to sustain him proved abortive.
She said, “On getting to Chibok, I found the whole community in a state of confusion; so, I asked after my parents and was told that my father took ill when he heard about my abduction and my mother took him to the hospital in Maiduguri. I set out to go and look for them in Maiduguri, but I could not go far because the road was blocked and no movement was allowed, except for military vehicles; in that process, my father died.”
“When I heard about my father’s condition, I became worried and tried to locate my parents in the hospital, not knowing that he was already dead. When I eventually got to the hospital in Maiduguri, my mother had conveyed my father’s corpse to Chibok for burial, so my mother said I should stay back to avoid another kidnap.
“That was how I got to this camp. I couldn’t continue with my education, because my mother alone could not take care of my schooling and that of my other siblings.”