Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki was among the over two hundred school girls abducted from her school in Chibok by members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
Amina was not rescued per se. She was rather found wandering with her baby on the outer fringes of one of the last fortresses of the Boko Haram sect, Sambisa Forest. She was rescued by local vigilante groups; not the Nigerian Army.
On Wednesday, Amina, who was 17 years when she was kidnapped, was pictured holding her four-month-old baby and a bowl of food. Pictures published by the Nigerian army showed her and her supposed Boko Haram ‘husband’ in a hospital were all three were attended to.
Women released from Boko Haram are frequently stigmatized and even rejected out of fear they might still pose a risk because of their terrorist handlers.
According to news reports, Amina stated that six of the girls kidnapped had died and that others are still under captive.
Recall that on the night of the raid in their school, more than 50 girls escaped, including the daughter of the principal.
Although the Chibok kidanap saga raised international outcry, Amnesty International estimates that at least at least 2,000 women and girls have been silently abducted by the Boko Haram sect since 2014.
UK Telegraph reported that “Relatives and community figures described how people rushed cheering towards the military convoy as it drove Amina into the town. The school’s vice-principal was brought out to confirm the girl’s identity, prompting more cheers.”
One of the local vigilante group members, Aboku Gaji, narrated how Amina was reunited with her family. According to Aboku, “When we arrived at the house I asked Amina’s mother to come and identify someone.
“The moment she saw her, she shouted her name: ‘Amina, Amina!’ She gave her the biggest hug ever, as if they were going to roll on the ground, we had to stabilize them. The girl started comforting the mother, saying: ‘Please Mum, take it easy, relax. I never thought I would ever see you again, wipe your tears. God has made it possible for us to see each other again’.”
As at the time of filing this report, Amina has landed Aso Villa on the invitation of President Muhammadu Buhari. We’re yet to ascertain the fate of Amina’s ‘Husband’.