Boko Haram using kidnapped girls as bombers

They will volunteer to die so perhaps they can live

(CNN) – In Cameroon’s Forests, hundreds of young girls are living a nightmare. They’ve been abducted by Boko Haram and used as sex slaves. Among them, some of the more than 200 girls who were taken from a school in Chibok, Nigeria almost two years ago. Now, Boko Haram is trying to turn them into killers.

‘Fati’ wears the jewelry given to her by her mother and the wedding dress from her rapist, a terrorist from Boko Haram.

“They came to our village with guns and told us that they wanted to marry us. We said ‘no, we are too small,’ so they married us by force,” said refugee Falmata Ibrahim.

“Fati” isn’t her real name, we must hide her identity for her safety. She was just fourteen and her nightmare was just beginning.

Boko Haram took her to Sambisa forest but their stronghold was under attack.

“The jets dropped bombs and bullets on us in the forest all the time all of the girls were so frightened. All of them, they always cried and the men raped us,” said Ibrahim.

It was full of abducted girls, she says. Many from Chibok, living the nightmare with her.

“Boko Haram leaders would come to us and ask ‘who wants to do the suicide bomb’ and the girls would say ‘me, me, me!’ They were shouting. They were even fighting to do the suicide bombs,” said Ibrahim.

At first, Fati thought that the girls were brainwashed, buying into Boko Harams brutal Jihad.

“But it was just because they want to run away from Boko Haram. If they give them a suicide bomb they maybe would meet soldiers, tell them ‘I have a bomb on me’ and they remove the bomb. Perhaps they can run away,” said Ibrahim.

We found Fati in Minawao refugee camp, in far North Cameroon. As Boko Haram swept through their villages, Nigerians fled there in the thousands. Now, it’s at more than double capacity.

Just beyond those hills is Boko Haram territory, security officials say the group has infiltrated the camp. However, Boko Haram often uses abducted children in their attacks, so many there fear young girls the most.

“If they see someone who escapes from Boko Haram, they think you are with the Boko Haram. Boko Haram free you to do suicide bombs,” said Ibrahim. “I was free.”

Now she is reunited with her mother, who travelled two days to get there but Fati says many others like her are still held captive in Sambisa, so desperate to flee the forest

They will volunteer to die so perhaps they can live.

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