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Dapchi School Abduction: How I Escaped From Boko Haram – 15-Year-Old Amina

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Amina Mallam Usman, 15 years old and a light weight in stature, has narrated how she escaped from Boko Haram militants who attacked her school, Government Girls Secondary School in Dapchi, Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State on Monday, February 19, 2018.

The girls were said to have run into the bush after the attack. But with many girls failing to return home, Amina has become a hero of sorts after mustering the courage and fighting spirit of many people who are much older and twice her size.

She was one of the dozens targeted by the terrorists and about being packed into their vehicles for a journey into an uncertain future.

She had only a few seconds to break away from the terrorists who were out to ruin her life.

Amina Mallam Usman, Boko Haram, Government Girls Secondary School , Dapchi, Yobe
Amina Mallam Usman narrates how she escaped Boko Haram abduction | The Nation

She said: “When Boko Haram came to our school, we thought they were soldiers because they dressed like soldiers.”

“We ran, and then one of them called us. One of them asked me to come to the car.”

“I got close to the car, and then one of them started laughing at me.”

“I moved closer to them, thinking they were soldiers.”

“I soon realized that they were not soldiers. As I made to run away, one of them tried to grab me. I dodged him but he got my hijab.”

“I quickly removed my hijab and left him with it and ran away. I thought I was dead.”

“They entered our hostel again, but some of us ran into the bush. I ran up to five kilometres and hid in one Fulani settlement called Miligia.”

Asked how many students she saw in the invaders’ vehicles, Amina said: “There were many students in the vehicles.. They were up to 50 that were in the vehicles.”

She said she felt like the angels should take her soul the moment she realized the men were Boko Haram terrorists.

She is not psychologically prepared to return to the Dapchi school.

Read more at The Nation

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