The world stood in horror after details that the terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped well over 200 schoolgirls from the Chibok region in Nigeria in 2014. Details are still developing but the first of the 219 girls that were captured has been found in the African nation by civilians searching the area near where the kidnapping took place.
BBC News reports that Amina Ali Nkek was found suffering from some trauma and with child by a group of vigilantes who have banded together to find the missing girls. She was found by one of the armed civilians in Sambisa Forest in Borno State near the border with Cameroon.
BBC News writes:
Amina was reportedly identified by a civilian fighter who recognised her. The fighter belonged to the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram.
Hosea Abana Tsambido, the chairman of the Chibok community in the capital, Abuja, told the BBC that Amina was found by the vigilantes after venturing into the forest to search for firewood.
Sources told the BBC she came from the town of Mbalala, south of Chibok, from where 25 of the kidnapped girls came. A neighbour in Mbalala told the BBC that Amina was found with a baby.
According to additional reports from the AFP, the now 19-year-old was reunited with her mother on Tuesday. Her father died in the two years she was in captivity.
There has been a recent number of offensives launched by the Nigerian Army in Borno State in direct correlation with the kidnapping and stamping out Boko Haram’s harsh reign.
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