Saratu’s Story | Surviving Boko Haram: Part 2

In case you missed it, you can read Part 1 here.

07/10/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – They dragged her to a campsite not far from the village, where Saratu was shocked to find many other women and children, cap­tured like her. They waited in fear, separated into 20-person clusters like sheep waiting for a sheering. It wasn’t hard to imagine what would come next for them: rape, forced con­version and marriage, slavery, or even torture and murder.

But Saratu had other ideas for the lives of these women. She recognized this place, every stone and crevice. She had played in these hills and valleys as a child and knew exactly where her family was still hiding.

“Look, I’m leaving tomorrow night,” she announced to the small cluster of women dur­ing a prayer meeting.

The other women pleaded with Saratu to wait for them to gather their belongings and loved ones. Though time was of the essence, Saratu promised that she would wait.

Two nights later, 20 women again met with Saratu. Leading the escapees, they scurried out of the camp, into the shroud of darkness, back to their families.

Saratu’s bravery resulted in the rescue of 20 women. Their lives, if taken by Boko Haram, would have never been the same. Though the insurgency of the Islamic terrorist group has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Nigerian Christians, forced conversion and forced marriage is more common for kid­napped women. Today, Saratu has success­fully sought refuge in Jos, a fortified city for Christians. ICC is providing her with business training and an education, and she hopes to start her own business.

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