On my second visit to Chibok, I slept with a machete tucked between the headboard of the bed and the dresser, wondering if the reddish stains on the blade were rust or blood.
Across the hallway, I saw a wooden door with shredded panels. When I asked my friend about it, he said that some Boko Haram members had clawed through that door a few months ago in an attempt to attack the homeowner, a friend of his. My friend, a Chibok native and also a vigilante fighter against the Islamist militants, said that the owner no longer slept there. But he told me to make myself comfortable.… Seguir leyendo »
The road to Chibok is eerily quiet, lined with checkpoints manned by civilians, many of them teenagers, wielding rusty rifles and serving as added security for an area that has little. In this northeast Nigerian village, where more than 300 teenage schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant Islamist separatist group Boko Haram on April 14, their stunned families were still waiting this week for them to come home.
Lawan Zanna was still waiting for Aisha, his 18-year-old daughter. “How can I sleep?” Mr. Zanna asked. “Anger is gripping my body.” After the girls were abducted, Mr. Zanna said, he and other parents searched the nearby Sambisa forest for their children, but came back empty-handed.… Seguir leyendo »