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First missing Chibok girl returned to family after 2 years with Boko Haram

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Over 200 Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Nigeria's terrorist organization Boko Haram over two years ago. At least 57 have escaped Boko Haram and one of those brave, victimized girls was recently rescued by the Nigerian army.


5/18/2016 (8 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Chibok, girl, Boko Haram, Nigeria, kidnapped

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At the hands of Boko Haram, the schoolgirls likely met the same fate as other women who have been kidnapped. They were likely to have been forced into "marrying" a member of Boko Haram, then severely abused sexually, physically and emotionally as well as shared with other militants.

The families of the schoolgirls have been pressuring the Nigerian government to save the women, even as military officials break into Boko Haram camps.

According to CNN, Nigerian military officials described the Chibok girl's rescue by army troops. She moved from the Sambisa Forest, believed to be Boko Haram's stronghold, with her husband and child Tuesday night.

Aboku Gaji, an eyewitness, told CNN he joined the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) on a nightly patrol on the edge of the Sambisa Forest when the group discovered the girl and others wandering out around 7 p.m.

Gaji claimed the girl's name was Amina Ali Nkeki. Though he'd seen her picture before, the woman standing before him was entirely changed.

"Their bodies didn't look good," he described. "They had had no bath and were in a dirty condition."

Nkeki's husband told the group he had been abducted and forced to join Boko Haram. When Nkeki arrived, they married and started a family.

Under the circumstances, Gaji and his commander escorted the Nkeki to her mother's home in Mbalala. The two women were reunited for the first time in over two years.

Yakubu Nkeki, a relative of the girl and is the father of another of the Chibok girls, stated, "It's a joyful time for me" after confirming the reunion of the girl and her mother.

The original story seemed oddly suspicious - why would a man be abducted to join Boko Haram? Why wouldn't the group just kill him? Why would they allow him to marry one of the schoolgirls? How did they happen to "wander" outside the forest?

The Nigerian government reported a different account of the incident and stated the girl's name was Falmata Mbalala and that she had been rescued by government troops at Baale, near Damboa. This story was confirmed by Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammad.

Several other sources appear to be torn on the girl's name, circumstances and location of rescue - but the one fact that each account has confirmed is her reunion with her family.

Meanwhile, there has been no word on whether the girl still had her child or what happened to her "husband."


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