Two former students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, who escaped from Boko Haram captivity in 2014, have graduated from Southeastern University in the United States of America.
The students, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, were among the 276 schoolgirls abducted by the insurgent group in the first mass student abduction in the country on April 14, 2014.
Bishara and Pogu managed to escape captivity by jumping off the truck, while they were being taken away by the terrorists.
Bishara graduated with a degree in social work, while Pogu earned a degree in legal studies graduated on April 30, 2021.
Speaking on the experience of the abduction and the success, Bishara recalled how she had to within few seconds decide if she was going to die from an accident, or in the hands of the insurgents.
“I remember thinking about what my mum would do at that moment then I prayed. I just remembered a voice in my head saying ‘jump out’. I knew I was going to die either way. I chose to die and that was how I jumped out,” Bishara told GMA3.
Asked how she felt on the day of her graduation, she said:
“It was awesome, I felt great. I remember being told that I wasn’t going to be able to finish high school; that I was dumb. I never gave up or listened to all the negative talks. It was exciting to walk on that stage after being told ‘you can’t do it’.”
Pogu, while also speaking, said she had decided not to go back to school until the US embassy contacted her.
“I’m trying to get my masters in human services and going back to law school when I’m done with my masters,” Pogu said.
Both girls graduated from Canyonville Christian Academy in Oregon in February 2017, after which they met with former US president, Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, 112 of the girls are still in Boko Haram captivity.