US President Donald Trump and US First Daughter, Ivanka Trump met with two Chibok schoolgirls (from Chibok village) in Northeast Nigeria who had escaped from their Boko Haram abductors. The Chibok girls, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu,were at the White House on June 27, 2017. Bishara, 20, and Pogu, 19 were among the 57 girls who escaped from Boko Haram in Borno State in Northeast Nigeria by jumping off the back of a truck conveying them allegedly to the infamous Sambisa Forest, in 2014.
The Chibok girls graduated from Canyonville Christian Academy in Oregon, in the Pacific Northwest region on the West coast of the United States. in February 2017.
With the assistance of the Jubilee Campaign, a human rights group in Virginia USA, the pair relocated to the United States in August 2014. They then transferred to Canyonville Christian Academy in the state of Oregon, where they graduated.
The two Chibok girls who have now grown to young ladies will attend Southeastern University on a full scholarship at the beginning of the upcoming school year.
The US President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, earlier today shared more photos from their meeting at the White House with the statement below:
“Honored to have welcomed Joy and Lydia, two incredible young women from Chibok, Nigeria to the White House last week. They shared with me their remarkable journey in overcoming tremendous adversity, and I am in awe of their courage and heart. I look forward to watching them flourish as they begin a new chapter at Southeastern University this fall.
Joy and Lydia, I am so proud of you both! Thank you for inspiring us with your story.
— Ivanka Trump
As at the time of publishing this report, it was not clear if the Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America or the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, USA were part of the August visit of the two escapees from Boko Haram captivity.