She said she saw the girls in Gwoza town before the militants were driven out by soldiers.After the abduction of the girls from Chibok a year ago, the US, China and other foreign powers promised to help find them. However, the girls have never been traced, and little has been heard of them since they were taken from their boarding school. The whereabouts of the remaining girls is not clear.Campaign group Bring Back Our Girls organised a silent march in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday to raise public awareness about the abductions.Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has said the girls had been converted to Islam and married off, fuelling concern that the militants had treated them as “war booty” and sex-slaves. The woman who lived under Boko Haram rule in Gwoza, told the BBC she saw the girls in Islamic attire, being escorted by the militants.“They said they were Chibok girls kept in a big house,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified.“We just happened to be on the same road with them,” she added. Boko Haram was believed to have turned Gwoza into its headquarters after it captured the town in August 2014. Nigeria’s military, backed by troops from neighbouring countries, recaptured the town last month. The militants were suspected to have fled to the nearby Mandara Mountains, near the border with Cameroon. It is unclear whether the girls are with them there.Another woman told the BBC she last saw some of the girls in November at a Boko Haram camp in Bita village, also in the north-east.“About a week after they were brought to the camp, one of us peeked through a window and asked: ‘Are you really the Chibok girls?’ and they said: ‘Yes’. We believed them and didn’t ask them again,” the woman said.“They took Koranic lessons, cleaned their compound, cooked for themselves and they braided each others’ hair. They were treated differently - their food [was] better and water clean”, she added.
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