You wake up, brush your teeth, take your shower, and go to work, not realizing that all of these simple freedoms are a luxury to certain people all over the world. We look back on the horrors of history, the holocaust, and slavery, and think how could someone do that? How could someone perform unspeakable acts on another human being? How could someone not do something to help? What if I told you that these horrifying acts are happening right now and there is something you can do about it? (See bottom page link) Throughout this feature story you will read an interview revealing one girl’s escape from the Boko Haram terrorist group. To protect her identity we will call her Abigail.
In a world where education for women is frowned upon and freedom of religion is unspeakable, you will find the unjust torture that is going on as we speak. Right now over 200 young kidnapped girls are being sold as brides to older Muslim men. Internet stories claim that some of these same girls are being sold for sexual favors at $12.50.
Abigail was a pastor’s daughter to a Christian church in Damboa. Two years ago she became on orphan when the Boko Haram shot and killed her father. After these unfortunate events Abigail says, “I was transferred to the school G.S.S. Chibok”. This is a girls boarding school in Nigeria where an act of terror, as news stations have reported, has occurred.
Abigail remembers the horrific day all too well, “I was at school on April 14, 2014. We had successfully done our exam by two o’clock. It was in the evening, around 8:30 pm, when we were at hostel.” Little did the girls know that about this time the Boko Haram came to Chibok in two groups. One group went to the town shooting people and burning houses, while the other group went to the school.
At the school they gathered all the students in one place asking them if they heard about the shootings and fires in the Chibok Town, as well as announcing that they were soldiers from the government sent to protect them. Abigail comments, “We obeyed them, because they were wearing soldier uniforms.”
After leading the girls out past the gates of their school the “soldiers” revealed who they were. They began shooting their guns in the air. The Boko Haram announced that anyone who did not enter the truck would be shot and killed right on the spot. There were five trucks full of students when the vehicles started moving. Once they were further away from the school, the terror of what had just occurred started sinking in. Abigail recounts, “I was crying and said in my heart, my Father was killed by the Boko Haram and now me too, it is better for me to die by the car than to die by the Boko Haram”.
Imagine the heat of being crowded in a truck. Either behind you or in front of you, there are moving trucks going about as fast as the highway speed limit. To jump or not to jump, that is the question. Abigail knew all too well that either way she would die. She could jump off the truck and be run over, jump off the truck and be shot in the process, or stay in the truck to await an unknown merciless fate.
Abigail says, “I jumped out from the truck.” To give you an idea of how dangerous this was, one escapee that jumped off the moving Boko Haram truck and broke both her legs in the process. Abigail however was wounded but able to walk all the way to a village called Kwada. “The people carried me to my Father’s home. This is how I escaped from the incident.”
Abigail and three other Chibok girls have safe refuge in America and attend a boarding school, Canyonville Christian Academy, where they are able to receive an education free from terrorism.
Want to help? Want to be someone who does not sit by while a holocaust and slavery of our age is happening? You can help Abigail and other Chibok girls by donating to their education fund. (See http://www.canyonville.net)