Nigerian Schoolgirl Describes Kidnappings, How She Escaped

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 03:36 PM

By Jonna Lorenz

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A 16-year-old Nigerian schoolgirl described being kidnapped by terrorists who gathered up hundreds of girls at a boarding school and hauled them away in pickup trucks.

The girl told The Associated Press that she escaped
by jumping from the truck she was in and running.

The incident happened on April 14. About 50 girls escaped, but more than 200 girls are still missing. At least two have died of snakebites and 20 others are ill, the AP reported.


"I am really lucky and I can thank God for that," the girl told the AP. "But God must help all of them ... Their parents are worrying. Every day, everyone is crying."

She said the terrorists initially told the girls that they were soldiers. But they were members of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful." They ordered the girls outside, took food from the storeroom, set fire to the school and shouted, “Allahu Akhbar,” which means God is great.

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A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau took claimed responsibility for the kidnappings and threatened to sell the girls in a video that was made public on Monday, according to CNN.

"I abducted your girls. I will sell them in the market, by Allah," the man says in the video. "There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women. I sell women."

The U.S. government is sharing intelligence with the Nigerian government and may provide other help in the search for the girls, but there are no plans to send U.S. troops, CNN reported.

Twitter users shared their reactions.





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