Many Chibok Girls Were Already Pregnant When I Fled Boko Haram’s Camp – Escapee

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  • The Boko Haram insurgents have continued to wreak havoc in the Northeastern part of Nigeria, especially in Borno State where scores of schoolgirls have been kidnapped in separate attacks

Juliana Christopher, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, has revealed that many of the Chibok girls in the insurgents’ camp are pregnant.

She disclosed that many of the young girls were either pregnant or nursing children belonging to the insurgents.

The former student of the College of Business and Management Studies in Konduga said she spent three weeks in Boko Haram camp after the insurgents, who were dressed in military uniforms, stormed her school in Borno State and abducted her and several others.

She explained that after she and her colleagues were abducted by the insurgents, they took them into the forest, where she saw the other victims.

She said, “On reaching their camp, we met many young girls there and the whole place was in disarray. It was in 2014 and I was in the Boko Haram camp for three weeks. We met Chibok girls in the camp. While in the camp, I saw so many small girls, who were kidnapped. Some were being molested.

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“Some were carrying children, while others were pregnant for the Boko Haram insurgents. It was a disgusting thing. Fortunately for me and some other girls, we escaped from the forest and found our way back to Chibok,” she told The PUNCH in an interview.

Many Chibok Girls Were Already Pregnant When I Fled Boko Haram's Camp - Escapee
Mothers of the missing Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists gather to receive informations from officials on May 5, 2014. Nigeria’s president said on May 8 that Boko Haram’s mass abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls would mark a turning point in the battle against the Islamists, as world powers joined the search to rescue the hostages. AFP PHOTO/STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images

Juliana also narrated how her father took ill shortly after she was kidnapped, adding that efforts to rescue him proved abortive.

“On getting to Chibok, I found the whole community in a state of confusion; so, I asked after my parents and was told that my father took ill when he heard about my abduction and my mother took him to the hospital in Maiduguri. I set out to go and look for them in Maiduguri, but I could not go far because the road was blocked and no movement was allowed, except for military vehicles; in that process, my father died.

“When I heard about my father’s condition, I became worried and tried to locate my parents in the hospital, not knowing that he was already dead. When I eventually got to the hospital in Maiduguri, my mother had conveyed my father’s corpse to Chibok for burial, so my mother said I should stay back to avoid another kidnap.

“That was how I got to this camp. I couldn’t continue with my education, because my mother alone could not take care of my schooling and that of my other siblings,” she said.

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