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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. <br />
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Lucy (22): ‘The insurgents came to my village around 4 pm. They shot at anything that moved and bombs were going off everywhere. I hid in our house. Three days after the violence got worse. Men were dragged out of their houses and older women were shot without any reason. I was captured and locked up with the other girls from the village. I was imprisoned for two months. Sometimes one of my friends would be married off and I never saw them again. I managed to escape but each day I still think about the girls who were less fortunate.