14-Year-Old Pregnant Girl Who Escaped Boko Haram Sees Unborn Child as ‘Gift From God’

Two Nigerian refugees cry and embrace in a detention center for refugees in Surman, Libya, August 2016.

A 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped by the Islamic radical group Boko Haram in Nigeria and forced to marry one of its fighters has said that she now finds her pregnancy to be a “gift from God.”

“I was taken from my home when my town of Bama was set on fire by Boko Haram. They put a gun to my father’s head and said they would kill him if he didn’t let me go. Then they took me,” the girl, identified as Aisha, recalled of how she was initially taken by the terrorists in an article in Naij.com on Monday.

Aisha was kidnapped two years ago but has since been rescued and lives at the Dalori Displacement Camp in Maiduguri, where she receives support from the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Like many other girls, she was abused and forced to marry a Boko Haram radical while in captivity.

Aisha shared some details about her life as a captive, and said that the women and their captors were constantly on the run because of the terror group’s ongoing war with the Nigerian army.

The women barely talked amongst each other, she said, amid fears that any negative talk would anger the radicals and get them killed.

“If you told anyone that you wanted to escape, they would call you an unbeliever, then punish or kill you, so I kept my thoughts to myself,” Aisha said.

“While we were walking, the men would say to us, ‘This is God’s work, it is difficult. God is testing you and you have to be strong.’ I didn’t know if my parents were still alive. My town had been burned down. I wanted to die,” she added.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov