Thursday, 26 March 2015


A woman who was recently freed from Boko Haram’s captivity after eight months, Mbutu Papka, says the abducted Chibok girls are in
Gwoza, Borno state.

Over 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram from government secondary school, Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

According to TheCable, Papka made the disclosure to the international centre for investigative reporting, saying that she was transferred from a poor condition in Mdita to a fairly tolerable facility in Gwoza where the abducted girls were being held.

Papka was said to have been seized alongside many others when Boko Haram attacked Gwoza on July 4, 2014 and taken to Mdita, a village near the Sambisa Forest, where she was kept for five months with many others before they were taken to Gwoza, where she was held for another three months before being released on March 15.

The woman revealed that no one was allowed anywhere near the location of the abducted girls, which she says was being guarded round the clock.

She said: “In the camp at Gwoza, there were clear demarcations between where people were kept. The Chibok girls, other captives and Boko Haram members and their family members all had their separate areas secured, though the security in the area where the girls are kept is visibly different and much tighter.”

“When we got to Gwoza, things changed because there were facilities there and the place was 10 times better than Mdita.”

“We had a normal life in Gwoza, except the trauma of living in captivity. Whatever we wanted to eat, they were provided. They would bring water, firewood, etc., and leave them outside. They even provided perfume for anyone who requested for it.”

“There was a Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor who was killed during the attack on our village, and his wife was abducted with us. She died at Mdita due to the condition of the place and the death of her husband.”

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