BRAVE schoolgirls who escaped from an Islamist militant group in Nigeria have told of their harrowing ordeal at the hands of Boko Haram.
In exclusive vision obtained by SKY UK, some girls targeted by the kidnappers told how they had escaped from the gun-toting terrorists.
One said she had hidden in a tree overnight, while another said she had fled after being put in a truck and taken into a forest.
The first thing the Boko Haram insurgents did when they stopped to camp in the forest near a village called Baale after the kidnapping, was put some of the girls to work cooking looted food.
Others were taken at gunpoint to carry water. “I was one of those chosen to cook,” a 16-year-old said in a phone interview, recalling the kidnapping last month of more than 300 girls at a boarding school in Chibok.
The girl said her mind raced as she stirred the pot of rice over a wood fire. The Boko Haram gunmen had the group surrounded, constantly watching
“My mind was busy, thinking of a way to escape,” she said. “I and two other girls were close together, speaking softly, and we came up with a plan.”
The girls told the gunmen they needed to relieve themselves. They were allowed to walk into the bush.
“As soon as we were out of sight of the gunmen, we fled and we ran for about two hours,” the girl said. Eventually, the three stumbled across a group of Fulani herders, who rescued them.
Another girl told of bravely escaping under a hail of gunfire.
“They took us away in a convoy of lorries. We travelled through the night before reaching the final destination in the forest,” she said.
“The following day we were sent to fetch water. That was when we seized the opportunity and bolted.
“Even when they were shooting at us, we took the chance and Gold helped us arrive in Chibok two days later.”