Leah Sharibu Escaped Boko Haram, But Was Returned by Fulani

ICC Note: Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi girl not released by Boko Haram, tried to escape before any of the girls were released. Recounting the story, another of the girls states that Leah and two others escaped for several days before wandering into a Fulani camp. When they asked for help, they were instead returned to their captors.

04/02/2018 Nigeria (The Guardian) – The only Christian among the 110 schoolgirls abducted last month by Boko Haram ran away from her kidnappers but was caught and brought back three days later, according to fellow captives speaking in their first face-to-face interview since they were returned to their families last week.

Leah Sharibu is the only one of the Dapchi girls that Boko Haram refused to hand over after negotiations with the Nigerian government, apparently because she refused to renounce her faith and convert to Islam. She is still held by the group.

Kidnapped by a militant group that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions across north-east Nigeria and the surrounding region, the girls’ extraordinary bravery shines through their testimony.

Speaking to the Guardian from their homes in Yobe state, the girls who had to leave their friend behind described how Leah and two others escaped together.

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