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.
Karimutu (17): ‘I remember everything. How we were captured. The fear I felt. The insecurity. I was beaten and kicked on several occasions. My two sisters were married off. I was convinced that I would be next. So one night, when the guards were drunk, I slipped away. Since my abduction I no longer scared of anything. I have endured the worst thing that can happen.’