Friday, 23 January 2015

Woman Describes How Boko Haram Are Ruling Baga

A woman who wants to remain unnamed has described to BBC Hausa the evils and ordeals going on right now in the town of Baga after she escaped the town of Baga, Kukawa LGA, Borno State which is currently under the control of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram carried out one of its deadliest attacks earlier this month town of Baga. The exact number of people has not been verified killed the military claim over 2,000 people have died but one woman who survived the attacks has told the BBC Hausa service about life in the town.

READ ALSO: Military Reveals Number Of People Who Died In Baga

The woman’s story was was narrated by the BBC. In her story she describes how Boko Haram are running the town and how bodies on the street have started decomposing. She also describes how women have taking interest in the militants and marriages being arranged.
Woman Describes How Boko Haram Are Ruling Baga
“Boko Haram fighters are currently in control of the town. When they attacked, they destroyed shops and burnt down our houses.

There are lots of bodies scattered on the street and some have started decomposing.

The militants gathered the old men who could not leave the town and some strong women and forced them to bury the corpses because of the stench – I saw all of this.

Many of the women could not escape during the attack and we were all brought with the old men to the palace of the traditional ruler. I spent a week there.

READ ALSO: Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Baga Town Again

In the mornings and evenings the insurgents would gather the women together and preach to them.

Two days after the attack, a man who claimed to be Abubakar Shekau [the leader of Boko Haram] came and addressed us. He said: “Today, where is your government from local to highest level? You are now under our control.” And he preached to us.

After that, Shekau and many of the insurgents left the town in the hands of some Boko Haram members who are from Baga.

These men have taken control of the young women in the town. They rape and abuse our daughters.

In the evening they choose ones who are neither pregnant nor nursing mothers and take them away. They don’t bring them back until the morning. If it is not rape what are they doing to them?

But there are some young women who show interest in the Boko Haram militants and want to marry them. I saw about 25 of them who were having good relationships with them.

The Boko Haram fighters have also taken over the hospitals. In the mornings, the militants come and ask if there is any woman who is not feeling well and they take her to hospital.

READ ALSO: UPDATE: Boko Haram Fail To Seize Biu, But 15 People Die In The Raid

They took away all the goods in the market before destroying it. I counted close to 20 vehicles full of goods from the market and they feed the women from this.

One day we begged the militants to let us go home to shower and change our dirty clothes.

Some of them agreed and escorted us to the house. They waited outside while we went in.

We then got out from the other end of the house and fled. That is how we escaped.”

The latest Boko Haram attack on Baga was some weeks back when the insurgents killed scores of soldiers in the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) base, Baga, Kukawa LGA, Borno State. READ MORE:
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