Nigeria's Chibok girls who managed to escape Boko Haram find new start in US.
Back home in Nigeria, instead of sympathizing with them, the girls were continuously mocked and called "BOKO HARAM WIFE" and that added to their extreme sadness and anguish.
According to Reuters, the three Nigerian activists, who later formed Education Must Continue Initiative, helped them obtain U.S. visas so they could attend reputable private schools that offered scholarships for them. Initially they attended two different schools, with some of the girls on the West Coast, but now all are attending the same school in Virginia.
Lily and nine other girls arrived in the U.S. between July and December, 2014.
“I know I said I would never go to school again but things have changed,” Lily said with a smile. “I am in America!”
The group has formed an official alliance with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), calling itself the Islamic State West African province.
Murna, one of the girls (17) says she used to have nightmares about Boko Haram.
“I had a dream that Boko Haram came to America on a plane and entered into the house to kidnap us and take us back to Nigeria,” she said.
Murna, who was described by Reuters as a tall and animated teenager, said she had several similar nightmares and is only recently beginning to cope with the trauma she endured.
On this photo, Lily has a butterfly land on her hand while touring the butterfly pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. with Deanna Gelak, human development expert.
Some of the girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram managed to escape but 220 are still held hostage, according to Asabe Kwambura who is the principal of the state-run Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno.
Schoolgirls in Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram are being converted to Islam and taken as brides in forced marriages, said Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association.
According to Boko haram leader, Abubakar Shekau “In Islam, it is allowed to take infidel women as slaves,” ...“In due course, we will start taking women away.” The question remains... Is Islam a terrorist religion?
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau warned in a video that all students should leave university and girls drop out of school to get married.
Shekau, once said the kidnapped christian girls have all converted to Islam and have been married off. The photo below shows some of the kidnapped girls. Will the girls ever be found again?
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