In April 2014, the town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria succumbed to a wave of terror when militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a local school. Since then, discovery efforts have been met with disheartening news for the families, until today when a small victory reignited a positive outlook on those girls’ future.
According to BBC, a girl by the name of Amina Ali Nkeki was found on Tuesday (May 17) in the Sambisa Forest. Nkeki, 19, was discovered by a “vigilante group,” who recalls she was gathering firewood when they located her near the Cameroon border. Reports also state that Nkeki revealed six of the 218 girls have died.
Nkeki had a baby with her at the time of her discovery, and she’s now back home with her mother in Chibok, the site further reports.
The kidnapping of the schoolgirls has sparked an international outcry from figures across the spectrum of influence. From the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls to more recently Broadway’s Eclipsed dedicates a segment to the girls’ livelihood, efforts to rescue them are being placed in the forefront of international issues and delegation.