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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Chibok : Parent Whose 2 Daughters Were Abducted Speaks Out

One of the parents of the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State has revealed that 2 of his daughters and 4 other members of his family were among those taken away by the Boko Haram insurgents. In an interview with CNN’s correspondent, Isha Sesay, the distraught parent said: "Precisely on the 14th of April, in the night around 11 pm, one of my friends at Chibok phoned me that Boko Haram had arrived at Chibok and that they didn't know how to handle the situation but that we should pray for them."

“I woke my wife and told her about the situation of things in Chibok. The distance from Chibok to my village is about 14 km. I am living in Balam. When the day broke, all of us went to Chibok. There one of the residents told us that all the school girls had been abducted by Boko Haram. When we got to the school, we found that everything had been destroyed. We went to the soldiers hoping that my daughter escaped to the bush and would come back home. We waited until the next day but none of them came.We learnt from other villagers that 4 of the girls escaped. They jumped off the vehicle.”

He added: “The girls that escaped told us that when the Boko Haram people came, they told them that they were there for their protection and they should not fear. They gathered them all together, pretending to be soldiers. They parked all of them in one place and then they started burning the school. 6  members of my family were abducted by Boko Haram . Two of them are my daughters, the rest are my family members."

We mobilised and went into a thick bush that is about 6km away from Chibok. We met a man in the forest who told us that he would show us where our daughters were. He showed us a thick forest and told us that our daughters were there. But he warned us not to enter there because the insurgents were well armed. He said we should go and meet the government to do something about it.
We came back and told the government about it but they have done nothing. There is nothing on ground to show that the government is doing anything about it.

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