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Girls Who Escaped from Boko Haram Speak Out

02-10-2015
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It's been more than 300 days since Islamic terrorists with the group Boko Haram snatched more than 270 girls from a boarding school in Nigeria in the dead of night.

Despite a worldwide outcry and military action, most of the girls are still missing. But some have managed to escape.

"They told us that if we do not convert to Islam they will slit our throats. They asked the healthy ones to perform the (Islamic) rites while we, the sick ones, did not perform the rites," 15-year-old Abigail John, who was held by Boko Haram for more than four weeks, said.

John was among three girls who recently escaped from Boko Haram. She had worried she would never see freedom again.

"The way they spoke to us, they had no intention of releasing us," she said. "They said we would be married off as soon as we got well and that they would marry us to their members who were single. We never thought we would regain our freedom."

Twenty-year-old Dorcas Aiden was held captive for two weeks last September. She admitted that she denied her Christian faith and pretended to become Muslim, to stay alive.

She described what she witnessed in captivity.

"They are teaching (girls) Islamic (religion), some say they are married, then they are saying that they are training them (to fight)," she said.

"And they are showing us inside (on) the laptop (videos) everyday, and they are showing us the way they are killing people, killing soldiers," she continued. "And they say if they catch you ladies, they will marry the ladies, and if they catch a man, they will kill the man."

The local priest, Father Maurice Kwairanga, has been helping these girls.

"(For) some of them it's very painful for them to go through this process of even telling what happened to them," he said. "But gradually, they are able to open up and to talk freely, to feel accepted and to feel that the world has not turned its back on them."

At least 219 girls are still missing. The fight with Boko Haram killed more than 6,000 civilians in last year.

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