Boko Haram escapee shares experience, mission at Adrienne Arsht Center

MIAMI (WSVN) - Hundreds of school girls were kidnapped and tortured by terrorists in Nigeria and now one of them is in South Florida to talk about her daring escape.

Sa’a who escaped from Boko Haram is a brave and strong young woman, and now that she’s free, she’s asking the world to help save those who are still missing.

“They’re suffering. Some of them have died,” Sa’a said, “and these girls need to come back home now.”

She took the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center Monday morning to share the harrowing moments that she and 275 other girls were taken from a government secondary school in Nigeria by members of the terrorist group Boko Haram. “I didn’t know what, where I’m going, and I didn’t know what they’re going to do with us,” she said.

The fear is still written all over Sa’a’s face as she described the orders the girls were given after watching the abductors burn their belongings on that day, back in April of 2014. “They were yelling at us saying, ‘Enter the truck, and if you’re not going to enter, they’re going to shoot all of us, and we should say our last prayer, that they’re going to kill us,'” she said. “We were always scared, and we were crying. We didn’t know what to do.”

Sa’a said she saw some girls jump out of the moving truck and said she thought she should do the same. “I would rather jump out and die and not be found,” she said.

The kidnapping quickly became a global issue, which ignited a social media campaign called “Bring Back Our Girls.” The campaign was lead by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Sa’a said she is one of the lucky ones who is now free. She’s made it her mission to share the truth about the horror these girls lived through and help rescue those who are still being held captive.

“Those girls are human beings, and they’ve been in captivity for two years and four months now, and they’re suffering,” Sa’a said. “They’re not in a safe place.”

Of the 276 girls kidnapped, 218 still remain in captivity.

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