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My Experience: How I Escaped From Sambisa Forest – Rescued Chibok Girl

On April 14, 2014, a terrorist group in Nigeria known as Boko Haram stormed a public secondary school in Chibok, Borno State Nigeria and abducted over two hundred and fifty students.

Their victims, mainly girls at the government girls college, have been in the captivity since then except for few ones who either escaped or rescued.

One of the victims gave her name as Ruth Bitrus, she was recently escaped from her abductors and was on June 29 found by troops of the Nigerian Army.

Speaking with newsmen Ruth Bitrus narrated her experience in the hands of the terrorists and how she escaped from captivity after eight years.

Bitrus who spoke in Hausa Language, said she had to trek for three days in the Sambisa Forest before help came to her by troops of the 21 Armoured Brigade Bama.

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“My name is Ruth Bitrus, I escaped from the Sambisa Forest. I am one of the students kidnapped from GGSS Chibok in April 2014. We were 203 that were kidnapped. The rest of us are still in Sambisa with our captors,”.

According to Ruth, her husband, who married her without her mutual consent, was killed by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) while he was trying to plant a bomb.

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“The father of my child died two years ago in Rabul Sani village where he went to plant a bomb at the military formation and it exploded with him before he could plant it.”

The distraught mother explained that she took some food with her which she used in feeding the child within the three-day period

Bitrus’ rescue came two weeks after troops rescued two other Chibok schoolgirls – Mary Dauda and Hauwa Joseph – after they escaped from Gazuwa camp, located about nine kilometers to Bama LGA of Borno State.

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Their escape followed sustained massive offensives by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai, leading to hunger and displacement in the terrorists’ enclaves.

Of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the terrorists in 2014, more than 100 of them are still unaccounted for eight years after their kidnap



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