Beyond Survival: Nigerian Girl Kidnapped by Boko Haram Escapes, Thrives!

School pupils hold signs as members of Lagos based civil society groups hold rally calling for the release of missing Chibok school girls at the state government house, in Lagos, Nigeria, on May 5, 2014. Boko Haram on Monday claimed the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria that has triggered international outrage, threatening to sell them as “slaves”. “I abducted your girls,” the Islamist group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in the 57-minute video obtained by AFP, referring to the 276 students kidnapped from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno state, three weeks ago. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIPIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

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I was incredibly inspired by this story. Sa’a is a true fighter. She swiftly assessed the situation, decided that leaving her fate in those men’s hands was NOT an option. How brave. How brilliant.

And they made it! She and her best friend. She saved her best friend and never left her side. She even brought her with her to the US. How breathtaking.

I was also thrilled to hear, more recently, that more of the girls had been released. I understand, however, that the community may not receive them with completely open arms because of suspicions of what has happened to them physically and mentally. I can only hope that they’re half as gutsy as Sa’a. That would be beautiful.


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