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A woman held captive with her family by Boko Haram for the last three years was able to escape and has now recounted her story. Aisha Bukar, a 25-year-old housewife and mother of five, described how during their three years of captivity, the terrorists tried to force her husband into service with them. When he denied, they were starved, forced to feed on weeds and leaves in the local forest where the terrorists had their hide out. He was also severely beaten and they tried to indoctrinate him. She also described how there were hundreds of Families, women and children being held captive alongside of them. They were finally able to escape when an airstrike killed many of the insurgents guarding the camp.


2017-08-29 Nigeria (PremiumTimes) Aisha Bukar, a 25-year-old housewife and mother of five on Monday narrated their ordeal in the hands of Boko-Haram insurgents, saying she, her husband, mother-in-law and children, fed on “weeds” to survive.

Mrs. Bukar, one of the captives of the insurgents, escaped from their enclave after the military bombed Boko Haram’s hideout in Sambisa Forest recently.

Mrs. Bukar told the News Agency of Nigeria that she escaped from the camp with her husband, mother in-law and the five children.

Recounting her ordeal, she said members of her family were incarcerated for about three years by the insurgents in the Sambisa forest.

She said the insurgents abducted them while working on a farm at Talala village in Damboa local government area of Borno.

She said they were denied food and drugs, following the refusal of her husband to fight for their group.

“We were working in the farm when the insurgents abducted me, my husband, children and mother in-law. They took us deep into Sambisa Forest, where we stayed for about three years.

“They asked my husband to take up arms and fight for them, a request he declined; they became infuriated and labeled him as stubborn; to break his will, they denied us food and drugs.

“We barely survived on leaves and weeds; we also relied on herbs when sick; they distributed food only to their fighters and those who submit to their demands,” she said.

Mrs. Bukar said the insurgents meted out inhuman treatments and abuses on women and children under their captivity.



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