Now that the hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls is no longer popular, guess what? The girls are still not back, and the window of possibility is about to close.
In my years of working with victims of Boko Haram terrorism in northern Nigeria, I have never seen anyone like him. After the mass abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls, I have worked closely with about 20 who escaped, half of whom I have placed in US schools. Although it is now nine months since the April attack, not one of them escaped after that first week.
This is why Henry’s escape after 9 months is all the more stunning. While the survival of the girls is understandable, Boko Haram has rarely shown mercy to Christian boys.
Three male survivors I have worked with have similar stories. Habila – sole survivor of the massacre of 19 Christian men killed in his neighborhood; Nate – survivor of 5 killed at work; Ike – survivor of 19 killed at a funeral. They all had horrific trauma to their heads – the kill shot once favored for infidels who refuse to convert. Now Boko Haram just slits throats. It’s harder to survive a beheading.