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One of the Chibok Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram 2 Years Ago Has Reportedly Been Found

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It’s been more than two years since 218 girls were abducted from Chibok, Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Activists from the group Bring Back Our Girls said Wednesday that one of the girls has been located and reunited with her family.


The activists told the BBC that Amina Ali Nkeki, who was 17 when she was kidnapped and is now 19, was found on the edge of Sambisa Forest, near the border with Cameroon. She was reportedly found by a vigilante group fighting Boko Haram, who took her to her mother, per CNN.

A neighbor told CNN she was found “with a baby.” Her uncle told the Associated Press she is “pregnant and traumatized,” as the agency puts it, but otherwise fine.


Boko Haram still occupies much of Sambisa Forest, and the other 217 girls remain missing. In November 2014, seven months after they disappeared Agence France-Presse reported that the girls had likely been “married off” to Boko Haram fighters, according to a video from a man claiming to be a leader of the group.

Martha Mark, the mother of Monica Mark, another kidnapped school girl, cries as she displays her photo, Chibok, Nigeria, May 2014. Photo via AP

Anna Merlan was a Senior Reporter at G/O Media until September 2019. She's the author of Republic of Lies: American Conspiracy Theorists and Their Surprising Rise to Power.

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Apparently her father died while she was in captivity, too. I’m so glad she’s been found alive, but I don’t even know if traumatized is even a strong enough word to describe what she likely is at this point. Those poor girls.

On a happier-ish note, ABC also reported that some other girls might have been found.

Those poor girls. I hope they find some healing and get passed everything that happened to them.