The recently released 21 Chibok girls have revealed that 61 of them had married Boko Haram militants, eight had died during Nigerian air force strikes, three during childbirth, and one of an unknown cause.
A confidential government report revealed that the girls say they were treated well by Boko Haram insurgents as the militants did not abuse or rape them during their over two years in captivity.
The government report which is based on the girls’ two-week debriefing prepared for President Muhammadu Buhari, further confirms that the girls tested negative for sexually transmitted diseases.
The government source further adds that they had been fed well and regularly, until the military cut off Boko Haram supplies.
Also, the girls said they were offered to marry Boko Haram fighters and convert to Islam, but were never forced to comply. “The girls said that those of them who did not agree to marry were used as house girls (servants).
According to the girls’, the militants always assured them that they would eventually go back home to their families, and were careful about what they said around the girls and how they treated them.
The report first published by Thomson Reuters Foundation, said the daily routine for the girls, who were moved in captivity between the north-eastern town of Gwoza and the Sambisa forest, a Boko Haram stronghold, involved personal time in the morning followed by Quranic teaching and cooking meals, the report said.
The girls are reportedly being held in a secret location in the Nigerian capital Abuja for assessment, and fears on the status of the other 142 Chibok schoolgirls who are still missing was cleared by when they were shown photographs of their colleagues.
They recognized almost all the faces of Boko Haram members on a government most-wanted list, but could not tell their names. They also said they never saw the chief of the militant group, Abubakar Shekau.
Out of the over 200 girls abducted from Chibok, Borno State in 2014, 21 of the schoolgirls were freed last month by Boko Haram militants.