Chibok parent relives abduction of two kids, four family members

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In Nigeria
May 10th, 2014
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A parent in Chibok, Borno State has recalled how he received the news of the abduction of his two biological children and four other members of his family.

In an interview with CNN’s correspondent, Isha Sesay, the distraught parent said: ”Precisely on the 14th of April, in the night around 11pm, one of my friends at Chibok phoned me that Boko Haram had arrived at Chibok and that they didn’t know how to handle the situation but we should pray for them.

“I woke my wife and told her about the situation of things in Chibok. The distance from Chibok to my village is about 14 kilometers. I am living in Balam. When the day broke, all of us went to Chibok.

“There one of the residents told us that all the school girls had been abducted by Boko Haram.

“When we got to the school, we found that everything had been destroyed. We went to the soldiers hoping that my daughter escaped to the bush and would come back home. We waited until the next day but none of them came.

“We learnt from other villagers that four of the girls escaped. They jumped off the vehicle.”

He added: “The girls that escaped told us that when the Boko Haram people came, they told them that they were there for their protection and they should not fear. They gathered them all together, pretending to be soldiers. They parked all of them in one place and then they started burning the school.

“Six members of my family were abducted by Boko Haram mebers. Two of them are my daughters, the rest are my family members.

“We mobilised and went into a thick bush that is about six kilometres away from Chibok. We met a man in the forest who told us that he would show us where our daughters were. He showed us a thick forest and told us that our daughters were there. But he warned us not to enter there because the insurgents were well armed. He said we should go and meet the government to do something about it.

“We came back and told the government about it but they have done nothing. There is nothing on ground to show that the government is doing anything about it.

“The villagers told us that if we should stay till around 6 o’clock, we would see a helicopter coming to drop food for the insurgents.

“The government said they went to Sambisa forest but honestly speaking, there was nothing like that.”

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