Two of the missing 219 girls abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria, have been found this week. The first, now identified as Amina Ali, is nursing a four-month-old baby. Soldiers reportedly seized her and her Boko Haram “husband” near Sambisa Forest on Tuesday. The second schoolgirl has yet to be identified, but she was found on Thursday inside Sambisa, according to army spokesman Col. Usman Sani Kukasheka.
Amina, 19, has been celebrated in Government House, Maiduguri, as well as in local and international media like the BBC. Borno State governor Kashim Shettima flew her and her baby to Aso Villa on Thursday where they met President Muhammadu Buhari. Her terrorist-rapist abductor is still held. Amina had revealed that six of the Chibok schoolgirls had died, and that the others were still held inside Sambisa.
The discovery of the two women has not convinced sceptics who still suspect that the kidnap of April 14, 2014, was arranged to achieve a political objective. In the social media, some asked why Amina, who was supposedly taking her school certificate exams two years ago, couldn’t speak English. A picture of some of the schoolgirls published last month showed healthy-looking young women, but Amina was malnourished at the time she was found.
More of the schoolgirls are likely to be discovered before May 29.