One Chibok girl who managed to escape Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has revealed that many of the 200 Christian schoolgirls abducted in April 2014 are still alive. But the girls have suffered greatly under the jihadists with a number of them impregnated and carrying diseases, while those who have refused to convert to Islam have been killed.
The Saturday Vanguard reported that one of the kidnapped girls who was kept in the Sambisa forest camp managed to escape captivity, and was rescued by Fulani herdsmen. She revealed that many of the girls have been relocated to the Lake Chad region following heavy military operations on the Sambisa forest by Nigeria's government.
"All of us were forced to become Muslims but kept in camps far from each other," the girl said. "You can only see and recognize those in your camp as any of us who refused being Islamized was either beheaded or shot at point blank range."
The escapee revealed that many of the girls were forcefully married to the terrorists, who impregnated them and infected some of them with different diseases. The girl herself was both impregnated and contracted the VVF disease from one of the militants.
She added that almost all of the girls have been married off to Boko Haram militants, with a number of them already giving birth to the babies.
The escapee asserted her belief that the Islamic militants have been seriously weakened due to the ongoing military campaign against them, and are moving around from camp to camp, planting mines and other explosive devices.
The Chibok girls are said to be kept at different camps, including in Kangoora, Mallam Fatori, Damasak, Tunbun Kaka and Tumbum Gira.
Boko Haram has been waging war on the government since 2009, seeking to drive out all Christians from the country and kill anyone, including Muslims, who stand in its way. It has destroyed entire villages, committing mass slaughters, and has expanded its attacks in neighboring countries such as Chad and Cameroon.
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to rid the country of the jihadist group, though the Islamic militants continue carrying out bombings. At least seven people were killed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri in the latest attack on Tuesday, following a triple bomb blast on a densely populated suburb.
Nigeria's military has claimed that Boko Haram's actions are getting more desperate, The Associated Press reported.
"The noose is tightening around the terrorists," Nigeria's Defence Headquarters said earlier this week. "We will continue the momentum until terrorists are extinct in Nigeria."
Human rights monitoring groups like Amnesty International have said that close to 20,000 people have died in the six-year insurgency.
The fate of the Chibok girls has especially captivated the world's attention and their plight made headline news throughout 2014.
Back in August, Rev. Samuel Dali of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, who said he is the pastor of many of the Chibok girls, revealed that as many as 8,000 members of the congregations he oversees have been killed by Boko Haram.
"Seventy percent of our churches have been destroyed in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by Boko Haram; over 8,000 of our members were killed; 176 of the girls kidnapped in Chibok are our members," Dali revealed.