More Than 60 Women and Girls Escape Boko Haram in Nigeria 1


The BBC and AFP are reporting that more than 60 women and girls who were among the 68 abducted by suspected Islamist militant group Boko Haram last month near the town of Damboa have escaped. According to sources, the women managed to flee when militants left to attack a military base on Friday.”They took the bold step when their abductors moved out to carry out an operation,” Abbas Gava, a senior official of the local vigilantes, told journalists. He said he “received an alert from my colleagues…that about 63 of the abducted women and girls had made it back home.”More than 200 schoolgirls are still being held captive by Boko Haram, since their abduction in April. On Sunday, activists of the Bring Back Our Girls movement tried to march on the presidential palace in Abuja, but were turned back by security forces. “It’s 83 days today that the girls have been abducted,” activist Aisha Yesufu told the press. “We have been coming out for 68 days and nobody has really listened to us.”


source: Elle

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