We are suffering! Former Boko Haram captives cry out
– Some of the escapees who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents have cried for help
– An 18 year old girl, Ummu, said she has been living in abject poverty with her baby since her escape
– A 15-year-old girl, Nana, has urged the Nigerian federal government to assist her to further her education
– The federal government has promised to provide education and jobs for the 21 freed Chibok schoolgirls
Some of the released Chibok girls
Some female captives who escaped from Boko Haram camps in 2015 have cried out for government assistance, Daily Trust reports.
An 18-year-old girl, simply known as Ummu, who was kidnapped from Madagali when she was 16 and said she became pregnant in captivity.
She confessed that her and the baby since she gave birth to after her dramatic escape have been living in poverty.
Ummu said the release of the Chibok girls renewed her hope of re-uniting with her sisters still with Boko Haram and called on the state and federal government to help all former captives of Boko Haram to reshape their lives.
Also, a 15-year-old girl, Nana who escaped from Sambisa forest with her mother during a military air raid called for help from the government to sponsor her education as she wanted to study medicine.
However, both girls said their fathers were killed by the militants and faced difficulty accessing medical assistance and basic needs.
Meanwhile, the federal government has promised to provide education and jobs for the 21 freed Chibok schoolgirls.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who disclosed this made the promise when he visited the girls at the DSS medical centre situated along the Airport Road, Abuja.
Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo with released Chibok girls
The spokesman of the vice president, Laolu Akande, who quoted his boss said: “We are going to see to it that everything that you require going forward, perhaps, your education; those who need to go back to school, those who need to find employment, we are going to make sure that we make all the provisions for you.
“The federal government is very committed. The president, in particular, has asked me to tell you how excited he is. When you were away, he kept saying that if it were his daughter, he wouldn’t even know what to do. So, we are all very excited that you are here. We are all happy that God has preserved your lives and brought you back.
“We’re going to bring your parents; your parents will be coming here to join you. You can’t immediately be taken out of here because we need to be sure you’re in very good health.
“I’m sure you’re going to be very well taken care of. We’ve provided very good accommodation for you where you’ll stay, where you’ll sleep and your parents will come and meet you there also hopefully by tomorrow.”
On Thursday, October 13, 21 Chibok girls were released by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group. The girls were reported to have been released in the early hours of the morning.
More than 200 girls were abducted from their schools in Borno state in 2014 by the terrorists and while some of them have reportedly died, the rest have been held by the dreaded group.