Abu, a 10-year-old boy who escaped from Boko
Haram captivity has recounted his ordeal in the
hands of the dreaded sect.
He was 9-years-old when he was kidnapped by
the terrorists from a street in Maiduguri, Borno
Before his abduction, Abu spent his days collecting
alms on the streets of Maiduguri, where he was
sent by his father to live under the care of a
teacher and learn to recite the Koran.
His kidnappers took him to an empty house
where he was drugged for a few days and later
trafficked with others through a ring of adults
into the hands of Boko Haram, Daily Trust
Recalling what happened, Abu said they entered
a a village after a very long journey and then a
pick-up vehicle came with men with big guns
and military jackets and they were told to get in.
After another long journey, they got to the camp
where he saw many other people, men, women
and young boys, some younger than him and
there were a lot of tents scattered all over which
had people sleeping in them.
We was taken to Borno’s Sambisa forest where
we was forced into slave labour for year.
Describing what the camp was like, he said:
“Fighters practiced military drills and tactics
every day. Senior members were taught how to
handle weapons and shoot at targets. The most
senior fighters were taught how to weld gas
cylinders and how to mix chemicals with
He further explained that every morning, they went for
lectures, after which he’d pray, collect water,
wash plates and go into the bush to gather
firewood, adding that life in the bush with the
insurgents was terrible as they were treated like
slaves and always hungry.
He said he saw
terrible things that scared him a lot. Citing
he said there was a day the leader of
Boko Haram ordered for 3 men to be slaughtered
and their bodies were buried by boys who dug
out graves. He kept thinking that one day, it
would be his turn.
Fortunately for Abu, he escaped in May 2014,
when Boko Haram fighters went out on a
mission. He walked for a day in the forest and
came to the main road where he was eventually
picked up by a lorry driver and taken home to
his father in Kano.
Boko Haram has become a formidable force in
Borno state, wreaking havoc on a daily basis .
Their hideout is the dreaded Sambisa forest
which is suspected to be where the abducted
Chibok girls are allegedly being kept captive.
May God help us all.
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