The Nigerian military has announced the discovery of two former students of the ‘Sibok Women’ group abducted by the jihadist group Boko Haram eight years ago. The lawsuit was probably funded by a global campaign called #BringBackOurGirls (‘#BringBackOurGirls’).
Two young women were among 276 schoolgirls aged 12 and 17 abducted from a hostel in Sibok, northeastern Nigeria. Their infants were handed over to reporters Tuesday by the military.
Army chief General Christopher Musa told reporters that the young women were found by soldiers at two other locations on June 12 and 14. ‘We are very lucky to have been able to rescue Sibok’s two daughters,’ said General Musa.
First, Eve Joseph, along with other civilians, was found near Bama on June 12, after troops attacked the Boko Haram camp.
Another was found near the village of Enkoshe in the Quosa district on the border with Cameroon. On June 15, the military announced on Twitter that it had found Mary Enkosh, one of Sibok’s daughters. It’s really Mary Dowda.
More than a hundred are missing
‘I was nine years old when they picked us up from our school in Sibok. I was recently married and had this baby ‘, Eve Joseph told reporters at Army Headquarters. Her husband was killed in a military attack. ‘We were abandoned and no one noticed us. We are not fed, ‘he said.
Mary Tawda, 18, who was abducted, says she was married to several Boko Haram militants before fleeing. “If you refuse to pray they will starve you,” she said. All of the remaining Sibok women are married and have children. I left over 20 in the village where I lived, she counted.
Of the 276 schoolgirls abducted in 2014, 57 managed to escape, and 80 were transferred to Boko Haram commanders in talks with authorities. Later, other girls were found, but more than a hundred were missing. According to campaign videos, many were forcibly married to jihadist militants.
Since the kidnapping of ‘Sibok women’, many schools or universities in northern Nigeria have been attacked in recent years by some jihadists, but mostly by criminal groups practicing mass abduction for ransom.
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