“The message is be brave and courageous,” said Deborah. She is one of the four girls who have escaped captivity from Boko Haram terrorists. Four out of 200 girls Chibok girls kidnapped a year ago have managed to escape and are now giving a message to those still in captivity.
“Be a hard worker and always believe in God, that whatever you are going through, God is there for you, He will help you. Have ambition that you are great and you were made to be a great person.” These are words of motivation for those who continue to be at the disposal of Islamic state terrorist. Mary and Blessings are two others who escaped. They now attend university in Nigeria and want to work for the community.
Mary intends to become a doctor and serve in her town of Chibok. She aims to build hospitals and clinics because there are no doctors in the area. Deborah also wants to go back to Chibok and promote education among her fellows. She plans to empower them and to counter the aim if IS militants which is to keep girls uneducated. She said, “It was said that if you educate a girl, you educate the whole nation,” she explained. “It is very important. They haven’t stopped me. That’s why I am going back when I graduate. The education there is very poor. So I want to help by building a school. I want to empower women by creating centers that will teach them things.”
A year after the abductions the remaining girls still are missing. In a video released by Boko Haram leaders they said, “Don’t you know the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls have converted to Islam? They have now memorized two chapters of the Quran. We married them off. They are in their marital homes. If you knew the state your daughters are in today, it might lead some of you … to die from grief.” The radicals also claim to have sold girls in the name of Allah.
These four girls may inspire many, but those that still remain captive may never be heard of again.