Bethel Student Hospitalized After Been Released By Bandits

Bethel Student Hospitalized
Bethel Student Hospitalized

Bethel Student Hospitalized After Been Released By Bandits

A 14-year-old Precious Joseph, one of the Bethel Baptist High school student who was kidnapped by bandits is hospitalized and still in a state of shock after spending 21 days in captivity.

To walk is a problem, to talk is a problem… if she happened to sit down, she will just be afraid and shivering, said her mother, Esther Joseph, using a headscarf to wipe tears from her daughter’s cheek.

Attackers stormed Precious’ school in the middle of night on July 5, kidnapping121 students from their dormitories.

It was the latest attack by criminal gangs, known locally as bandits, who have long plagued northwest and central Nigeria.

She is remembering those guns the kidnappers used to shoot while in the bush to scare them, said Joseph, speaking for her only child, who is still in shock and unable to talk to the press.

On Saturday, Precious and 27 others were set free. As school official, Joseph Hayab, said ransom was paid but declined to say how much.

Before letting her go, the kidnappers asked Precious if she had parents.

Joseph said the teen had to explain that her father was dead, and that she only had a mother. She was set aside with orphans and “little ones” and they were told they could go.

Once reunited with her mother, Precious was rushed to hospital.

Up until now she is still in fear,

said Joseph, adding that her health had improved.

In the green hospital room, a nurse walks in and changes the drip in her arm. After nearly three weeks in the bush, Precious is very weak.

They´re sleeping outside in the raining season, so they are exposed, said Williams Ayet, a doctor coming in to check on Precious.

So far none of them have cholera but they have malaria and typhoid and they are under treatment for those things now.

During captivity, the children hardly ate, and the kidnappers even asked the parents to provide them with food.

Bethel Student Hospitalized

They complied bringing rice, beans and oil to the bush where the children were kept.

Five other students from Bethel escaped and one was released on health grounds, but more than 80 others are still being held.

Joseph, who says she does menial jobs to pay school fees, appealed to the government and security forces “to enter the bush” and rescue the remaining students.

It was unfortunate that children of the poor were being targeted by kidnappers while

children of government officials are schooling abroad, she said.


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