Monday 25 September 2017

Nigerian dad says he saw kidnapped child

Henry recognised his daughter in the video of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network. Photo: AP Photo
Henry recognised his daughter in the video of the schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigeria's Boko Haram terrorist network. Photo: AP Photo

Colin Freeman

The father of one of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram has spoken of the "other worldly" moment when he saw his daughter's face on the hostage video released by the group.

The man, who asked to be known only as Henry, recognised his 16-year-old daughter sitting at the front of the group of more than 100 girls who appeared in the video.

"She was wearing a blue hijab, sitting at the front and I was able to identify her," said Henry (46), speaking yesterday from Chibok, the remote farming town where the abduction took place last month.

"When I saw it, I felt as if I was not in my own body, not in this world."

With little in the way of internet or television available in Chibok, Henry and a group of other parents made a six-hour journey along rutted bush roads to watch the video in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, on Tuesday.

It was shown to them in a special broadcast at the state governor's office.

Henry, whose wife could be heard sobbing as he spoke on the phone, was particularly horrified to see that his daughter, a Christian, was being made to wear a hijab. In the hostage video, which was first broadcast on Monday, Boko Haram's leader, Abubakar Shekau, boasted that some of the girls had converted to Islam. (© The Daily Telegraph, London)

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