A 10-year-old girl from Borno State, Fatima Ibrahim, said yesterday that she always finds life traumatic whenever she remembers how the Boko Haram insurgents brutalized and thereafter killed her father, brother and her uncle in her presence at their house in Maiduguri.
Fatima, a primary three pupil at Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School, Maiduguri, explained that life could have been unbearable for her if not for the intervention of Barr. Zannah Mustapha, the director of the foundation who offered her free education.
She recalled how she lost her father: “At that time, my father had just completed a house at Bulabulin area of Maiduguri and we moved in. One evening, he was sitting on a local mat (Taburma) at the vicinity of the house sipping tea when five of them (insurgents) entered .
“He was seated and by his sides were my uncle and my elder brother, who was the eldest son in the family. The insurgents kicked the cups and the tea kettle and thereafter pulled out their guns and shot them. We started crying and yelling but the attackers were not bothered, they simply went inside, took his car and others things and then left,” she said.
“It was really tough for me until when Barr. Zannah intervened and promised to give us free education,” Fatima said as she wept uncontrollably.
Another victim of the insurgents, Hauwa Modu, 13, said that the insurgents cut off the two hands of her father and later shot him in the head.
“We used to live at Uba town with my family but one day, they (insurgents) came and started shooting; it was on a Friday and we were told not go out for prayers but our father said it was policemen.
“Shortly, the attackers stormed our house and one of them brought out a sharp knife and cut the two hands of our father. My mother started begging them because she was pregnant but they refused and instead, shot at him severally until he died. That was how we left home with my mother.
“While on our way to Maiduguri, she too fell and died with the pregnancy; it was one man that brought me to Maiduguri where I traced my step mum,” Hauwa said.
The two girls narrated their ordeal during the 10th year Anniversary of Future Prowess Foundation held in Maiduguri yesterday.
The Director, Barr. Mustapha said no fewer than 300 pupils who have lost either of their parents or both were currently enjoying free education at his school.