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6 child siblings that were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Northern Cameroon were able to escape this past week. They were taken on 17 August when the terrorist group attack a small village in Cameroon. The children’s father was killed, but the mother has been living there since then. Their ages ranged between 15 and 3. World Watch Monitor, who reported the case, is not sure whether they have been reunited with their mother yet.

 

2017-11-02 Cameroon (WorldWatchMonitor) Six siblings kidnapped from Moskota in the Far North region of Cameroon on 17 August have been found near the border with Nigeria by a group of vigilantes.

A local source told World Watch Monitor that the children, between the ages of three and 15, had been taken to Nigeria, where they were entrusted to the care of a woman. They managed to escape when the woman fell asleep early one evening. Using the light of the moon, they were able to find a track that led them to an area close to their home. At dawn they reached Mayo, a small dried-up stream on the border, where the vigilantes found them.

They were taken to military headquarters in Mora for investigations and then went on to a health centre for a medical check-up. It is not known if the children have been reunited with their mother yet.

The children were kidnapped from Moskota village during a night raid carried out by Boko Haram on 17 August, during which their father, Adamu Nguda, was killed and their mother left behind in a state of total shock. Nguda was a church elder in Mouldougwa before the family became displaced and moved to Moskota.

 

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