They look just like the average teenagers, happy and in school. But their smiles now do not reflect the harrowing and near death experience they faced over a year ago when they were kidnapped along with over a hundred girls from their school in Borno state.
Mercy, Sarah and Dolapo are survivors from the Boko Haram Chibok kidnapping.
By a streak of luck, a few dozen of the kidnapped girls managed to escape. Yet, more than 200 remain missing till date.
Now, thanks to a nonprofit group in Virginia, USA, The Jubilee Campaign, and activists from Nigeria, the girls are living and schooling in Oregon, USA. Coming from a deeply poor, rural village in Borno state with no Internet access to the Canyonville Christian Academy, a cozy boarding school with students from more than a dozen countries, you can say their destinies have greatly changed.
I read their interview on Cosmopolitan today and it warmed my heart. They are brave, yes, very brave, to risk losing their lives when they ran out of their captivity in the forest.
Here is a touching excerpt:
There are rough moments too. “They’re teenage girls. They miss their moms and their families,” says Roome. “They want to go home for the summer, but it’s too dangerous. They have nightmares. They are terrified that Boko Haram will burn the school down. Sometimes they want to sleep with the lights on. They say, ‘But it’s so black. It’s so black.’ I tell them, ‘They are not coming for you.'”
They’ve been through so much, lost their loved ones, separated from their family… and now, here they are, pretty and smiling.
Read the full interview HERE