Two Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from their Boko Haram abductors in 2014 have graduated from a high school in Washington DC, the United States Capital.
The two girls, known by their first names, Debbie and Grace, graduated after completing junior year (11th grade) and senior year (12th grade) at a private school in the Washington metro area.
The girls won several awards, including the “Most hard-working student” in English as Second Language.
Emmanuel Ogebe, a U.S.-based human rights lawyer and the International Director of Education Must Continue Initiative, a Nigerian non-governmental organization involved in the care of the Chibok girlsdisclosed in a press release on Friday, June 2 that Debbie and Grace were among 57 girls who escaped from the terrorists after their mass abduction from Government Girls State School in Chibok, Nigeria April 2014.
The two girls escaped from the Boko Haram Camp in Sambisa forest and trekked fora week with their captors in pursuit.
The girls are among a dozen Nigerian girls sponsored to schools abroad by the Education Must Continue Initiative.The NGO is run by victims of Boko Haram.
“Debbie and Grace are the first escaped Chibok girls to graduate from an American high school with diplomas after completing and meeting academic standards. This comes three years after terrorists interrupted their education during their final year in school in northeast Nigeria.” ” Mr. Ogebe stated.
Founders and directors of Education Must Continue Initiative, Mr and Mrs Paul Gadzama, a parent of one of the girls from Chibok in North-east Nigeria, the only Chibok girl currently pursuing a degree programme in an American university, the girls’ American host families and the Ogebe family witnessed the historic graduation.
In remarks during a celebratory reception, one of the girls thanked their host families and the NGO volunteers from EMC for supporting them to achieve their dreams.
In reference to the girl’s commitment, Ogebestated the “fact that these girls could succeed in spite of the worst of terrorism … is no less is proof that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the march of a girl committed to achieving her dreams. They are truly a testament to the indomitable human spirit under guidance of a great God.”
Photo 1: Chibok Girl with EMC sponsors showing her diploma
Photo 2: Vote of thanks at the graduation reception