Chibok school girl rescued from Boko Haram will meet with Nigerian president

Members of the "Bring Back Our Girls" movement, holding a banner showing photographs of some of the missing, march to press for the release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 from their school in Chibok by Islamist group Boko Haram, during a rally in Abuja on January 14, 2016. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will meet with one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 and rescued earlier this week. Amina Ali Nkeki, 19, was found earlier this week by a vigilante group supported by the Nigerian army in the Sambisa Forest, the region where Boko Haram is suspected of having taken many of the more than 200 girls it kidnapped two years ago. According to the BBC, rescuers spotted Nkeki with her four-month-old baby and a Boko Haram fighter who was taken into custody. Nkeki has since been reunited with her family and informed authorities that all of the Chibok girls are still being held in the forest except six girls who have died.

The rescue and presidential meeting come a little more than two years after Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group, attacked the school. More than 50 girls escaped in the immediate aftermath of the attack, but the Nigerian government was slow to acknowledge the kidnapping and to launch rescue efforts, leading to a worldwide campaign for action on their behalf known as #BringBackOurGirls. Evon Idahosa, who runs the Pathfinders Justice Initiative and has been pushing for more government action to find the girls, told the BBC that Nkeki’s rescue brought “a renewed sense of energy and hope and excitement” to families of the missing girls.

Read the full story at the BBC.  


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