Transcript for Women Held Captive by Boko Haram Share Their Stories of Survival: Part 1
So glad you're joining us as we embark on an extraordinary journey to the front lines of a jeed di battle ground in Africa. It's been two hours since boko harm stole nearly 3 00 teenage girls from their school and the hash tag "Bring back our girls" came. Since then thousands more kidnapped and some managed to escape and speak out tonight about what they saw. New details of children now being used as decide bombers. Up close tonight inside a haunting mystery. Reporter: Flanked by a team of U.S. Special ops and Nigerian air support we're loading up into armored vehicles to go north. We're heading for the front lines against the battle of african jihad. It's an our dip plolomatic security refers to as a -- This is boko harm territory. They made themselves known to the world two years ago. Kidnapping nearly 3 00 girls from their school in a Nigerian town. I abducted your girls. I'll sell them in the market. It's a tragedy. It's a tragedy that young women are kidnapped. Reporter: The mass abduction triggered global outrage and a campaign, "Bring back our girls". This act was committed by a terrorist group determined to keep these girls from getting an education. Reporter: Though some managed to escape. They said if we run, or shout, they'll shoot all of us. Reporter: Most are still missing. And so are thousands of other women and children also kidnapped. Which is why we're traveling with the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. She's here to reto focus on the kidnapping. This is a home to people fleeing from the terror. Not this teenager, she's asked us not to show her face. She fears for her life. How old were you when boko harm came? She says she was 14 when she was forced to marry a boko harm fighter. Translator: Sometimes when women flee the men they were married to, they catch them and slaughter them. Tell me your reaction. What is there to say? I mean, you're a 14-year-old girl in your village. These guys show up and they say hey, I have a choice for you. I'm going to kill you or you can marry me. She feels that was a choice? That wasn't a choice. They didn't give her a choice. It's left her with shame. All she carries with her at least that she conveyed was a sense that she made the wrong choice. Reporter: Even after being rescued and returned to their families, they face stigma from their communities. They destroy us and destroy life. When you talk to these kids, they have the same story. Their families were drifren out of their villages often witnessing their parents be killed and then fleeing for days into the forest before arriving in a camp like this. Reporter: We hear heart breaking stories of sexual slavery, forced majors, forced conversions. And senseless killings. Translator: They showed a gun and said whoever holds the bible, we slaughter them, and whoever goes to church gets the same thing. Reporter: This woman tells us how six fighters slit her father's throat and cut out his tongue before her eyes. Children like these are not just victims. They're now being used as weapons. Boko harm turning kidnapped boys and girls into suicide bombers. Often the reporting treats it like it's willingly strapping on the belt and Reading the Koran and deciding this is what they did. This is what consent looked like when you're 14. There's reports of 8-year-old suicide bombers and it's being treated as if they're willful. Reporter: They are brainwashed into thinking it's a direct path to god or coerced or drugged or remotely detonated. Of the 151 suicide attacks in the region last year, one in five were children and 75% of those bombers were girls. Turning women and children once seen as innocent into potential threats. Many don't know what they're carrying. Reporter: The african generals waging this war have pushed boko harm back, but at this security briefing belearned the terror group is using new tools and tactics from suicide belts to a new kind of ied. Birds being used as bombs, and boko harm recently pledged allegiance to Isis. They share procedures and you can see it by the way they conduct their attacks. Reporter: U.s. Troops are not fighting here, but they are advising and sharing intelligence in the search for the missing girls. Lined up against a yellow wall, 15 girls. Reporter: Cnn recently obtain third down so-called proof of life video that purports to show some of the girls alive. Though authorities are skeptical about the video, it's sparking renewed vigor. The wildly held theory is they're alive but separated living in a forest, a stronghold of boko harm. We'll hear more about that later. First, we're on our way to the capital of Nigeria. We're driving a couple miles outside of the city center. These camps are a strange purgatory. There's signs of people trying to create a semblance of their past lives. Here are your children's shoes. That's good storage. Nice to meet you. Where are you going? This is a mother of eight and gives me a tour of her modest two room shack. She,er a husband and six of her eight children sleep on the floor here. She tells us her family used to be able to farm for themselves. Now she says they have to rely on charity. Where are you going by yourself with your beans and yams? Is this where you live? Reporter: Hear the nurse si students is not just heart warming. It's an act of defiance. It means western education is sinful, boko harm. So far they've destroyed 900 schools, targeted and killed 600 teachers according to human rights watch. Many of these students were just toddlers. When their families were forced on a trek for days. No food or water through the mountains to safety. Do you think these children will grow up to fight boko harm? They will fight boko harm when they are grown up, yes. Reporter: Suddenly, a phone call. An urgent update about two women we've been planning to meet. Both say they managed to escape boko harm. We just got word one of the women who was supposed to come down who was pregnant, she died. I just need -- Dad.
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