Missing Chibok Girl Reportedly Found, 2 Years after Boko Haram Abduction
Deep in the burrows of the Sambisa Forest near the town of Damboa in Maiduguri – the state capital of Borno – a harried and scared 19-year-old girl carrying a baby was found roaming aimlessly – by village natives.
Amina Ali Mkeki is the name that Colonel Sani Usman of the Nigerian army released as the young woman’s identifier even though previous reports have assigned a different one.
In a statement issued on Tuesday as the news of the girl’s rescue spread across the globe – Colonel Usman confirmed that she is in fact one of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls that were abducted from their dormitories back in April 2014.
The tragic event orchestrated by Nigerian terrorist group – Boko Haram mystified the world and inspired the long running hashtag – #BringBackOurGirls.
According to Colonel Usman – Mkeki and her baby appear to be in relatively good physical condition. The father of the child has not yet been divulged.
Once identified – as one of the missing girls – Mkeki was immediately shuttled over to the nearest town – in the vicinity of Chibok – to reunite with her mother before making the trip to a military base in Damboa.
A local administrator in Chibok who spoke to the AFP news outlet helped to dissect this latest victory – “The girl was found by local vigilantes in Kilakesa village on the endge of Sambisa Forest near Damboa. She was brought first to Chibok by the vigilantes who took her to the vice-principal of her school, who immediately identified her as Aisha Ali, which is the name in the school register.”
“She was presented to community leaders as Amina Ali but her name as it appears in the school register is Aisha Ali”.
“It is common for children in Chibok to be called with one name in school and another at home”.
As in almost every case that pertains to the missing girls – the circumstances surrounding their fate always seems to reveal a roster of inconsistencies as the Nigerian government has never excelled at presenting the facts without gaping holes that leave many questions unanswered.
Mbalala also insisted during questioning by the #BringBackOurGirls activist group that there are more girls huddled in the Sambisa Forest – but their chances of escaping remain dim since they are under the watchful eyes of their captors.
If Mbalala’s rescue holds true – this will prove to be a major breakthrough in a long and catastrophic nightmare unleashed by the reign of Boko Haram since the extremists group took hold of the Northern region of Nigeria back in 2009.
It wasn’t until #BringBackOurGirls became a global phenomenon that the militants experienced worldwide recognition.
To date – Boko Haram takes credit for the deaths of more than 15,000 victims while also brutally uprooting and displacing hundreds of natives from their villages – all in the name of reestablishing the principles of Sharia law.