How I Escaped From Boko Haram Sambisa Camp – Chibok ‘Girl’
On June 29, 2022, some Nigerian Soldiers saw a young woman, Ruth Bitrus, with her child, wandering in the deep forest.
She turned out to be Ruth Bitrus, one of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted over eight years ago by Boko Haram terrorists on April 14, 2014.
Here, two days after her return, the ‘girl’ narrated how she escaped from the terrorists camp in the deep Sambisa forest; her ordeal in the hands of the terrorists for eight years; how the terrorist that fathered her child died while trying to plant a bomb in an army facility; how she carried her child and trekked for three days in the dangerous Sambisa forest before they eventually met the troops of the 21 Armoured Brigade Bama:
She said in Hausa: “My name is Ruth Bitrus, I escaped from the Sambisa Forest. I am one of the students kidnapped from GGSS Chibok in April 2014. We were 203 that were kidnapped.
“The rest of us are still in Sambisa with our captors.”
“The father of my child died two years ago in Rabul Sani village where he went to plant a bomb at the military formation and it exploded with him before he could plant it.”
On how she and her child survived for three days after their escape, Ruth said she took some food with her which she used in feeding the child within the three-day period.
Bitrus’ rescue comes two weeks after troops rescued two other Chibok schoolgirls – Mary Dauda and Hauwa Joseph – after they escaped from Gazuwa camp, located about nine kilometers to Bama LGA of Borno State.
Their escape followed sustained massive offensives by the troops of Operation Hadin Kai, leading to hunger and displacement in the terrorists’ enclaves.
It would be recalled that Boko Haram terrorists stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State that faithful day and whisked away over 250 girls who were writing their final examination.
Today, over eight years after the kidnap, more than 100 of them are still unaccounted for.