Young Nigerian girl wins tough battle against terrorists, gets BSc and MSc scholarship to US university
Two young Nigerian girls namely Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu who both escaped from being kidnapped in Nigeria have been awarded scholarships to study in the United States and are now set to earn their Master’s degrees.
Joy and Lydia were among the 276 teenage girls kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group operating in Nigeria. They both managed to escape from the grasp of their kidnappers after jumping off a moving truck.
Narrating their ordeal, Joy explained that she heard a voice telling her to jump off the truck, citing the guidance of God to have saved her. “I heard a voice say to jump. At first I thought that voice was crazy,” Joy narrated.
In 2014, they were enrolled for two years in high school in Virginia, USA and was later transferred to the Canyonville Academy in Oregon for their senior year. After 6 years of studying in the United States, Joy and Lydia both earned their Bachelor’s degrees from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, United States.
Lydia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies while Joy earned hers in Social work, an achievement they described as “living my dreams.”
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She escaped alongside Lydia and they have been boldly moving forward in their studies after being awarded scholarships to study in the United States. Their move to the United States was facilitated by a humanitarian group called the Jubilee Campaign which sought to support victims of the Boko Haram attack in Nigeria.
Lydia who is 23 years as at the time of graduation revealed that she aspires to become a human rights lawyer to bring justice for people. “because after what happened to me, I felt there was nobody that brought justice for the Chibok girls,” she said.
Joy, 24, on the other hand, says she wants to start a community support agency in Chibok to “take in those who have been injured in a violent relationship, have been attacked by the Boko Haram, lost their property, lost their food,” she said.
To foster their dreams of helping their friends and families who are also victims of terror attacks in Nigeria, they both plan to pursue a master’s degree at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.