Six Nigerian schoolgirls who managed to escape from Boko Haram speak to the New York Times. 

The girls’ accounts are emblematic of the ruthlessness of Boko Haram, adding to the worries over the fate of those who remain in captivity if the president has ruled out a deal to free them. Some of the schoolgirls who escaped jumped from the trucks taking them through the bush, trying to persuade reluctant classmates to follow them. Others slipped away from the Islamists’ camp while their captors were distracted.

The teenage girls wandered directionless in the thick semidesert scrub before kind strangers took them in and back to their village. They fled after quickly calculating that risking death was better than the grim existence their captors were undoubtedly planning for them. All of them knew about Boko Haram. Their village, Chibok, 80 miles from this state capital, at the end of a dirt track, had been attacked before, like virtually every other village around. The girls said they wanted no part of it.

“Yes, yes, I ran into the bush,” said Joy Bishara, a tall 18-year-old in a brown T-shirt with “Ice Box” on the front. She jumped from one of the trucks as it slowed down. “I don’t know where I am going,” Ms. Bishara said, recalling her hasty reasoning that night. “I think they will kill me. They were telling us, ‘We will kill you.’ ”

Read it at NY Times.