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.
Asta (20): ‘Next Saturday I am going to marry the love of my life. I met him at the bank in the city. It was love at first sight. All my friends with whom I have been through so much, will be bridesmaids. I am so happy that I could escape. If not my life would have been so different. My mother was imprisoned with me. She is married to a soldier. We never heard from her.’