One of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from his captors in Borno State, Joy Bishara, recounted how she maneuvered her way to freedom at a press conference in Washington, DC.
Bishara, who survived the kidnapping orchestrated by the terrorist group Boko Haram has credited her escape to a deal she made with God.
She spoke at the International Christian Concern’s press conference covered by the Persecondnews.com inside the Capitol Hill hotel.
“We were all sleeping and my friend woke me up,” she recalled. “I looked at her and I went back to sleep. But she touched me and woke me up a second time so I listened and the ground was shaking and I can hear gunshots outside of the gate. Mind you, you have to walk about six minutes to get to our dormitory where we are sleeping from the campus area and that’s where the gate was.”
As “the floor was just shaking and everywhere was just scary,” Bishara asked her friend what was going on. Bishara’s friend informed her that “the Boko Haram terrorist people are here.”
“The first thing I thought of is how my brothers and my mom will get to safety,” she said. “Usually, whenever Boko Haram people are attacking a village, people just leave their homes and go to spend the night in the bushes until morning when they can clearly see everything, then they come back to their houses.”
Bishara said that as she and her friend “were praying for God’s protection on our family,” “one man came in dressed in a soldier uniform.” While she didn’t realize it at first, Bishara eventually discovered that Boko Haram terrorists “usually take the forms of soldiers because soldiers are known to protect people and that’s how they deceive us to stay in one place.”
The man dressed as a soldier instructed Bishara and the other girls to wake up the girls who were still sleeping. When all of the girls were gathered in one place, the group of Boko Haram terrorists “started barging in, some of them climbing the walls, some of them … pushing through the gate and they came in and that was when we realized they were not the soldiers … like they claimed because, at that time, some of them were not dressed as soldiers and soldiers usually all look the same.”
“They started shooting on top of us and scaring us and saying they would kill us and nobody would do anything about it,” she added. Bishara lamented that “sadly, that is true” because “nobody ever does anything about it.”
After the terrorists ransacked the girls’ food supply, “They set fire to every building, every empty class, everywhere is on fire and they asked us to come out of our dormitory and while we were walking, the fires and flames were just everywhere.”