Chibok Girls: Renewed Hope In A Foreign Land

Chibok Girls: Renewed Hope In A Foreign Land

As Nigerians await the over 200 school girls kidnapped in Chibok local government area of Borno State, some of their colleagues rescued earlier have now resumed schooling in the United States of America. 

The girls, who are benefiting from a scholarship programme are those that managed to escape when the truck used in conveying them by terrorist group, Boko Haram broke down.  Several of them are now pursuing their studies in the US state of Oregon, Nigerian watch reports.

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Four of them, namely; Mercy, Deborah, Sarah and Grace are now studying at a private boarding school in Oregon.  The scholarship is courtesy of a Virginia-based non-profit organisation called the Jubilee Campaign in collaboration with some Nigerian activists.

The girls narrated how they saw a gang of men spreading across the school grounds, saying they were there to protect them. According to them, the men then made their way to the pantry, grabbing all the food and and later made their way into the school's administrative office before ordering the girls to climb into waiting trucks.

On the way, the terrorists began shouting, Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar, at which point the girls realised they were not genuine.  Today, the girls are finishing their education at the Canyonville Christian Academy, a boarding school with other students from more than a dozen countries.

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For now, the girls, who are all christians, live in constant uncertainty, not sure if their family members are alive or dead or whether their homes still exists. They, however, keep in touch with their relatives via phone when possible.

Meanwhile, the popular #BringBackOurGirls group, campaigning for the safe return of the girls, has expressed optimism on the current moves by President Muhammadu Buhari's administration in fighting Boko Haram as well as bringing back the girls safely.


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Jerrywright Ukwu Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at

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