I was raped by Boko Haram, says Nigerian girl

2014-05-16 10:18
Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFP

Boko Haram Islamists leader Abubakar Shekau. (File AFP

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Cape Town – A Nigerian teenage girl has described how she was raped by Boko Haram Islamists when the group attacked her home town of Maiduguri in the northeast Bono state, in Nigeria.

In an exclusive interview with eNCA, the 19-year-old, whose real name could not be revealed to protect her identity, said her scarf was used to tie her hands and mouth before one of the group members raped her.

Her sister narrowly escaped the same fate.

The revelation of her ordeal comes as more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls remain missing a month after they were abducted from their school in Chiboko.

The teenager's father apparently prevented her from writing her final examinations at the same school two months ago as he feared for her safety.

Her friends and classmates are part of the abducted girls and as she said during the interview: "I can imagine how they are suffering without anyone helping." She added that she was disappointed by the manner in which government had handled the situation.

Watch the video in which the girl speaks below.

Meanwhile President Goodluck Jonathan is reportedly set to visit the north-eastern town where the girls were abducted.

According to a BBC report, Jonathan has come under pressure over his government's failure to rescue the girls.  

The president has ruled out freeing Boko Haram prisoners after the Islamist group's leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video released on Monday that the girls could be freed if government agreed to release the group's prisoners it has in custody.

Read more on:    boko haram  |  goodluck jonathan  |  nigeria  |  nigeria kidnappings  |  abductions  |  west africa

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