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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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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.’