Photo Credit: AP

Photo Credit: AP

Three weeks ago, the girls of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School heard distant gunshots and were relieved to finally see uniformed men burst into their dorm.

“Don’t worry, we’re soldiers,” a 16-year-old student says to the Associated Press of one of the gunmen. “Nothing is going to happen to you.”

Once the gunmen commanded the hundreds of girls to gather outside, looted the storeroom for food, and set the room ablaze, they began to shout, “Allahu Akhbar,” or God is great.

“And we knew,” the 16-year-old says.

Boko Haram kidnapped the entire group of girls and drove them into the Sambisa Forest, which is 23,000 square miles, or nearly eight times the size of Yellowstone National Park. Three weeks later, hundreds of girls are still missing, at least two have died from snakebites, and about 20 are sick, according to an intermediary who is in touch with the captors.

The anonymous 16-year-old is one of 50 girls who escaped on the day of the attack.

“We ran and ran, so fast,” she says. “That is how I saved myself. I had no time to be scared; I was just running.

Hours before the ambush, a local government official, Bana Lawal, received a warning that around 200 heavily armed militants traveling in a convoy of about 20 trucks and 30 motorcycles were heading toward his town. Lawal alerted the 15 soldiers guarding Chibok, then roused sleeping residents and told them to flee. Soldiers sent an SOS to the nearest barracks, about 30 miles away, but an hour’s drive on a dirt road.

Boko Haram militants arrived two hours later. The soldiers held them off for 90 minutes, waiting for the help that never came. They eventually ran out of ammunition and fled. As dawn approached, the extremists headed toward the school.

Some of the girls have been sold for a nominal bride price of $12, according to parents, while others have been taken across the border into Cameroon and Chad.

The 16-year-old feels both afraid and angry, often wondering why she was able to escape while her friends are still being held captive.

“I am really lucky, and I can thank God for that,” she says. “But God must help all of them…Their parents are worrying. Every day, everyone is crying.”

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  • Anthony

    The USA could help by providing satellite coordinates on the movement of Boko Haram. Provided the Nigerian army really wants to catch these terrorists, advance warning of their movements would be a great help. Of course, the USA could blast them with drones, but the political fallout might be too great for both the US and Nigerian governments.

  • GeekMommaRants

    It does not seem that the US or Nigeria want to confront these Muslims. They would rather ignore the entire situation as these are only black girls. The US because they are black and Nigeria because they are girls. This is a nightmare.

    • Jetty

      They believe in an extremist form of Islam… You should reference them correctly as Terrorists. Muslims, in general, are not responsible here. Just like all Christians aren’t responsible for the terrorism of individuals who believe in an extreme form of Christianity (for example the KKK).

    • GeekMommaRants

      My comment meant that all religion is psyopathic. Be they Christian or Muslim. This does not exist in the Playboy mansion, but it does exist in religion.

    • Jetty

      Oh I thought your comment referenced a group of terrorist the same way you would reference all those who follow the Koran. I thought your aim in the comment was to show the disparity in attention and effort given to finding these girls because they are (1) brown skinned humans and (2) female humans. I missed the whole part about how religion creates psychopathy. And (just my opinion here) but plenty of mental illness has been created and magnified in the playboy mansion….but thanks for the clarity!

    • GeekMommaRants

      Yes, my initial comment was about the Muslims. I can say because in no other pursuut does one see this depavity in standards but from the religious. Nigerians are very passionate about football. However football does not create this level of righteous insanity.

    • Jetty

      oh ok… I can’t understand what it is you meant to say. Seems that there are a few grammatical and spelling issues.

      All I am saying is that Boko Haram are terrorists and terrorism is not specific to any nationality, race, gender, or religion. The KKK is an extremist christian terrorism organization made up (predominately) of males. I am simply saying that if everyone started referring to the KKK simply as Americans, as if all Americans believe and behave as the KKK do they would be wrong. You calling them Muslims in the same way is wrong. But you type whatever ignorance you will! Have a better day!

    • GeekMommaRants

      Haram is an Islamic term for sin, So to pretend this is not a religious issue is delusional. The Klan is a Christian organization, made no mistake about that. My point is still about religion. Footballers would never or could never do the same thing, this is religion. Terrorism and religion are married to each other. This is the reason why so many in the US have walked away from any and all religion. I am not ignorant of Christianity and Islam. Believers can not acknowledge that religion is the root cause.

    • Jetty