Claims first missing Chibok girl has been found, two years on

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor

Activists have said that of the 218 girls who were abducted from a secondary school in Nigeria in April 2014, one has finally been found.

The BBC were told that Amina Ali Nkek was found by a vigilante group on Tuesday in the Sambisa Forest, close to the Cameroonian border. The vigilante group member who recognised the girl is from the (JTF) Civilian Joint Task Force.

The group was set up to protect their communities from Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, who abducted the children over to years ago.

A neighbour in Mbalala said that Amina was found with a baby. An uncle, Yakubu Nkeki, told Associated Press news agency that Amina was later reunited with her mother in Chibok.

During the 2014 attack, gunmen arrived in Chibok, raided the school dormitories and loaded 276 girls on to trucks. Some managed to escape within hours of their kidnapping, mostly by jumping off the lorries and running off into the bushes.

In total, 219 girls remained missing before this woman, now 19, was discovered. The Chibok schoolgirls, many of whom are Christian, had previously not been seen since May 2014, when Boko Haram released a video of around 130 of them gathered together reciting the Koran.

Many prominent figures including the First Lady Michelle Obama, launched a campaign #bringbackourgirls after it was claimed there was a slow reaction by the world’s governments to the kidnapping, especially in Nigeria itself. The country’s Government were was accused of letting the North-East of the state, the most populous in Africa, becoming a lawless territory, leaving the population of the area open to merciless attacks by the blood thirsty group, now aligning itself with Islamic State.

Since the outcry the Nigerian has said its troops are making gains in the area and have pushed the terrorist group back, however attacks from Boko Haram are still on-going.

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