Boko Haram Escapees Share Their Terrifying Accounts
By Ma Evelyn Castino Quilas | May 13, 2014 12:17 PM EST
Some of the Nigerian girls who escaped from Boko Haram kidnapping share their terrifying accounts in the hands of their captors.
An estimated 53 Nigerian girls managed to run for freedom while they were loaded into cargo trucks. Another set of girls managed to escape the following day. They were among the over 300 students at Chibok Government Girls Secondary School who were abducted on the night of April 14-15.
Sarah Lawan spoke in the local Hausa language to the Associated Press in a phone interview that more the girls were afraid of their captors' threats to shoot them. "I am pained that my other colleagues could not summon the courage to run away with me. Now I cry each time I come across their parents and see how they weep when they see me," said Ms. Lawan in an article from NBC News.
According also to an article from Aljazeera, some of the girls standing along with their parents recounted their harrowing ordeal. One of the girls stated: "They then moved all of us to the main gate and brought their cars where they loaded the food they had taken and asked us to get in."
"The girls that had no shoes on and were not wearing veils were told to go and fetch them as they started to set the school on fire," the girl stated.
Another girl who asked not to be named also recounted to CNN how she and her two friends saw something on fire and run towards the direction. "We would rather die than go. We ran into the bush. We ran and we ran." When CNN asked her to describe the outfit of the kidnappers she replied that she feels afraid.
One of the girls also recounted how she convinced her friend to make their dash for their lives. "I told my friend that it is better to be killed than to be taken to a place that we did not know."
With an estimated over 200 school girls still left in the hands of the kidnappers, Boko Haram leader released a video allegedly showing the girls wearing hijabs. A copy of the video can be watched from CNN.
Parents whose girls are still held captive appealed for the release of their children. One distressed mother stated: "Now we don't know if our children are eating, if they are sleeping on the floor, we do not know,"
After about a month into the case, Nigerian government had received criticism for the slow and insufficient response. Churches across Nigeria pray for the girls' safety while at the same time outrage, protests, and social media campaign sparked all over the world.
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