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Female Boko Haram victim opens up on experience

The victim, Fati, 16, has reportedly revealed that herself and other young girls snatched from their villages during attacks by the terrorist sect, volunteer to be suicide bombers in order to escape rape and starvation.

Fati

The victim, Fati, 16, has reportedly revealed that herself and other young girls snatched from their villages during attacks by the terrorist sect, volunteer to be suicide bombers in order to escape rape and starvation.

Having explosives strapped to their bodies or carried in baskets on their heads has become the only chance of escape for these young girls.

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Fati who had managed to escape her village to the Minawo refugee camp in Camaroon after being kidnapped and raped by Boko Haram fighters revealed to CNN that the girls were made to compete against each other in other to be picked for their deadly mission.

"They came to us to pick us. They would ask, 'Who wants to be a suicide bomber?'The girls would shout, 'me, me, me.' They were fighting to do the suicide bombings."

For Fati, instead of choosing death as a means of escape, suicide bombing was a means to an end, a ray of hope for her and many other girls.

"If they give them a suicide bomb, then maybe they would meet soldiers, tell them, 'I have a bomb on me' and they could remove the bomb. They can run away."

Fati, who had been kidnapped and raped in 2014, after her fighter 'husband' who had defected and tried to flee over the border, had set her free.

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Sadly, many of the girls who manage to escape, go on to have very difficult lives considering the fact that they are shunned and ostracised by worried civilians who are concerned that they could be concealing bombs.

A refugee leader, Mohammed Amodu, reveals to CNN:

"If we see a strange girl, she may be a suicide bomber. Perhaps their mind is with Boko Haram."

Statistics have revealed that three quarters of suicide bombers are usually girls.

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