Jumma, a girl in Nigeria, told the following story to a VOM worker.
I am an orphan. I dropped out of school because of the attack by members of Boko Haram. [Boko Haram is a group of violent, radical Muslims in Nigeria.] They attacked our school, and some of our students were taken captive. So the government closed all the public secondary schools in my state. My parents could not send me to school again.
[One day], more than 1,000 members of Boko Haram came with various kinds of weapons. Some were on motorcycles, some on foot, and some in various kinds of vehicles. They attacked Christians, police stations, government buildings, and Christian schools. My mother was shot, and my father died of high blood pressure as a result of my mother’s death.
My parents died, leaving me with my younger ones (two boys and three girls) as the first daughter of the family. I am but a very small girl with the responsibilities of caring for my younger ones. I cannot care for them alone.
(The account has been edited and paraphrased for clarity and age-appropriateness.)
Note: The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christian survivors of Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria.
Photo above: Jumma was hospitalized after she fainted while telling the story of what happened to her parents.