Escaped Chibok girl Amina Ali Nkeki, 21, says she misses her Boko Haram fighter husband, with whom she has a baby daughter, Safiya. Nkeki, who was among 219 girls kidnapped from their boarding school in 2014, was held hostage by the Nigerian terrorist group for more than two years, and married off to militant fighter Mohammed Hayatu, a year into her captivity.
The couple, with their then-4-month-old daughter, were discovered in May wandering the perimeter of the Sambisa Forest, where the extremist Islamist group is based. Early reports said Hayatu was killed, but in an interview with CNN in Abuja on Tuesday, Nkeki said she did not know where her husband was and would like to be reunited with him. “I’m not comfortable with the way I’m being kept from him,” she said.
Addressing her husband in the CNN interview, Nkeki said, “I want you to know that I’m still thinking about you, and just because we are separated doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you.”
Concerns were raised in June about Nkeki’s welfare, because her family had not seen or heard from her for a month following her rescue. The founders of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Aisha Yesufu and Oby Ezekwesili, released a statement at the time saying they had a “number of concerns” about Nkeki since the government has held her for more than a month in what was called her “restoration process.”
Earlier this week, Boko Haram militants released new footage of some of the captive girls, prompting parents to urge the government to acquiesce to a prisoner swap. Some of the girls in the video can be seen crying. One is holding an infant. The end of the video shows the bodies of some girls strewn on the ground, allegedly killed by air strikes. More than 200 of the kidnapped girls remain missing, and the tireless work of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign continues.
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