Two former schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram extremists eight years ago have been found by Nigerian troops, the military announced on Tuesday, liberating some of the final captives from the 2014 Chibok kidnapping.
After being held captive by terrorists who invaded their school in northeast Nigeria in April 2014 in a mass kidnapping that sparked international outcry, the two women were introduced by the military while each had babies on their laps.
The girls were discovered by forces on June 12 and June 14 in two distinct places, according to Major-General Christopher Musa, the military commander of the troops in the area.
“Nobody bothered to take care of us, so we were left behind. No one was feeding us, “She spoke.
Over the past year, many of Boko Haram fighters and their families have turned themselves in as they run from government airstrikes and internal strife with the rival Islamic State West Africa Province.
Since 2009, the violence has resulted in more over 40,000 fatalities and 2.2 million additional displacements.
Dauda, who was 18 years old when she was abducted, was married to Boko Haram fighters on several occasions in the group’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest.
Regarding life under Boko Haram, Dauda claimed, “They would starve and beat you if you refused to pray.”
She made the decision to leave and informed her husband that she would be visiting another Chibok girl in a community called Dutse close to Ngoshe.
Dauda hiked all night to Ngoshe with the assistance of an elderly man who lived outside the hamlet with his family before turning herself in to the military the next morning.
“All of the remaining Chibok girls are married and have kids. She claimed, “I left more than 20 of them in Sambisa.” “I’m so glad to be back.”
Jihadists kidnapped large numbers of children from many schools in the northeast after the massacre at Chibok.
In 2018, militants from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) abducted 110 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Science and Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi in the neighboring Yobe state. The girls ranged in age from 11 to 19 years.
Except for Leah Sharibu, the sole Christian among the schoolgirls, who was detained by the rebels, all of the girls were released a month later.
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