Since the start of Boko Haram's insurgency thousands of boys and girls have gone missing across north eastern Nigeria. The Islamist group use the kidnap of children as a strategy in their asymmetric war. Girls, as young as eight, are taken to be married off to fighters or deployed as sex slaves and, increasingly, used to commit suicide attacks.
Miriam (17): 'When we were attacked, they focused particularly on very young boys and girls. My parents were not home, so I fled with my five sisters and three brothers. I am the oldest, the youngest is seven. I was suddenly responsible for eight children. The younger children were crying all the time. I reminded them constantly that they should be quiet, otherwise we would be discovered. We had nothing to eat or drink. We kept walking, afraid of being discovered. I carried one of the children the whole time and I was dead tired, but we had to go on until I was sure that we would be safe. After a few days we met a family member who brought us here. I later found out that my mother had been captured but fortunately she has been able to escape. We were only reunited when we were here. It was a nightmare.'