Boko Haram: ‘I slept under a tree with my child’ —Chibok schoolgirl narrates escape story


The latest Chibok schoolgirl to escape the camp of Boko Haram, Hauwa Joseph, has narrated how she managed to run away from the terrorists.

Hauwa, was among the 276 schoolgirls, mostly Christian aged 16 to 18, who were abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, on the night of April 14, 2014, by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.

Though many of them had since been rescued, about 100 of them remained missing seven years after their abduction.

On how she escaped the camp of the terrorists, she told newsmen in Maiduguri, Borno State, at a news conference held at the Command and Control Centre, Maimalari Cantonment, that she escaped from the Boko Haram camp in Gazuwa during a massive incursion of the troops of the Nigerian Army into the location on June 12.

Hauwa said, “On my way, I met with some of the insurgents who asked me where I was going, but I tricked them by telling them that I was following some women to hide in the nearby forest.

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“I slept under a tree with my child, then proceeded the next day until I arrived at the road where I approached a military checkpoint.

“Initially, they thought I was a suicide bomber, but when I explained my self, they took me along with them.”

According to her, her abductors forcefully married her off to Amir Abbah, one of the Boko Haram’s Commanders at Gazuwa camp.

Abbah was later killed during one of the encounters with the troops of the Nigerian Army, according to her.

She appreciated the military for rescuing her.

Hauwa said she hoped other girls who are still in some of the terrorists’ camps would be rescued too.

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