Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 girls in April 2013. Despite a courageous hashtag campaign the girls are still missing.
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A woman who was abducted with about 185 others in the second week of December from Gumsuri village in Borno State has escaped from a camp, our correspondent gathered yesterday.
Now in Maiduguri, she described her escape as “miraculous” and prayed God to pave way for her colleagues to regain their freedom.
“We were kept in a camp at Zongare village and there is vast farmland there. We work morning and afternoon on the farmland, sieving beans and packaging it into bags. Our captors do a lot of exercises, they also practice handling of firearms. Sometimes, some of them would disappear for one or two days and then reappear. Captives are being forced to eat only beans.”
A resident of the town, who spoke to the BBC Hausa Service yesterday, said the woman told them that only four of the insurgents had been guarding the hostages, as majority of them had gone for operation.
On Sunday, December 14, gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram attacked Gumsuri, a village in Damboa and killed 32 people, including the chief imam of the village and the leader of the youth vigilantes, also known as civilian-JTF.
Boko Haram kidnapped at least 40 more boys on New Year’s Day.