Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, former students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, who escaped from Boko Haram in 2014, have graduated from Southeastern University in the United States.
While Bishara graduated with a degree in social work, Pogu earned her degree in legal studies and graduated on April 30.
They were among the 276 girls kidnapped by the insurgent group in the first known mass student abduction witnessed by the country on April 14, 2014.
The duo managed to escape captivity by jumping off the truck while they were being carted away by the kidnappers.
Commenting on their ordeal and success, Bishara recalled how in a few seconds, she had to decide if she was going to die from an accident or in the hands of terrorists.
Bishara speaking to Good Morning America 3 (GMA3) said;
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.
When 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’.
On her part, Pogu said she had decided against going back to school after her escape until she was contacted by the US embassy.
She further stated;
I’m trying to get my masters in human services and going back to law school when I’m done with my masters.
Both girls graduated from Canyonville Christian Academy in Oregon in February 2017 after which they met with ex-President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, 112 of Chibok girls are still in Boko Haram captivity.
Watch a video of them speaking to GMA3 below;
“It was exciting to walk on that stage after being told you can’t do it.”
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