Boko Haram kidnapping survivors share their story

Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, who survived being kidnapped in Nigeria in 2014, are now graduating from a U.S. college.
7:24 | 05/07/21

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fact that they drove far away from town, and now we are far away, they couldn't go back and steal another car, so they had to go to fix, back to fix it, and help fix it, so at the moment, when they all went back to go fix it, the whole truck was, we were surrounded at the beginning, but now we are free, and there is nothing around us to see us jump out. And I was in the last truck, so I just remember a voice in my head saying jump out. What a decision. It was, you know, what you thought was, between two different version ways of dying but in fact you were able to jump out and run to your freedom. Lydia, I'm curious once you were able to get free and run and you were back in the arms of your parents eventually, how did you make that transition back from being in the most frightening moment in your life back to get so some sort of normalcy? After I jumped out, I personally decided that I'm not going to go back to school anymore, because they, I decided that wherever we go, they're going to find us, so I was under the impression that okay, like school is no longer in my future, because if I go to school, they're going to find me. So I decided to just stay with my parents. Until we got called, joy and I, to come to American embassy to talk to, you know, congress, congress Wilson, and congress joy, right? To talk to her and that's how I - changed my mind to come here, because they did tell us that America is a safe country and nobody was going to come and nab us and all of that and that's how I reached my decision. But on top of that, before that decision, my parents and I actually, all of the people in chibok had to leave the town by 6:00 P.M. To go out to the bush to go to sleep because people were under the impression that the Boko Haram would come back again. So it was really hard. Even still now, the Boko Haram still attack some villages and people sleep out, still having the fear of that. So I didn't feel safe there. If and when we went home in 2014, I didn't feel safe. So that was how. It is hard to imagine what you all have been through, physically, emotionally, mentally, and then at the same time, joy, so many highs, so many lows, but walking across that stage, what did it feel like when you received that college diploma, despite all you've been through? It was awesome. I felt great. I felt great. Because I remember being told that I will not even be able to finish high school, that I'm very dumb, and I won't be able to get there. And all those harsh words at the time tore me down. And made me so discouraged. But I doesn't give up. At the time, I used to go to high school classes with everyone else, and also taking G.E.D. Lessons on the side and stuff like that. I never gave up. And walking on that stage, like last Friday, it felt great, so I actually put those who told me I could never graduate back to like wow, I thought you wouldn't make it, you know what I mean, so it was exciting to walk on that stage, after being told you can't do it. They say the best revenge is success. And it looks like you've accomplished that. And I'm curious, Lydia, what else, what's next for you? You've got your diploma. You've got your degree, where is your future headed? So I got my degree in legal studies, which means pre-law. So I'm trying to get my masters again in human services, so thank god for scu for offering me the opportunity to further my future, like my education, so I'm grateful for that. So that's what I'm doing. I'm then going back to law school after I'm done with my masters. Wow. I mean it is so remarkable and incredible to see what you all have done and where you're headed next. We hope you stay in touch. But you know what, we're not the only ones who are impressed with what you two have been able to do. Our friends at Talbot heard you were coming on the show today, and they want you both to start your future careers, or even future more and bigger educational goals on the right foot and they know it's important to dress to impress, so they are giving you each a $5,000 gift card to help you support on your path to success. Wow. It's a shopping spree, ladies. Wow. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Amazing. Wow. Thank you so much. That made my whole day. Well, you made our day. And your story, seriously, is so inspirational to anybody and to everyone out there. Joy and Lydia, thank you so much for being with us. We are cheering you on. We're wishing you the very best with your next steps, and thank you for coming on the program. Please be well. Of course. Thank you so much for having us. I don't know how we top

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