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Kidnapped Chibok girl's return sparks new hunt for 218 others

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 01:37

Nigerian Amina Ali, the first of the kidnapped Chibok girls to gain freedom, meets President Muhammadu Buhari as he sends rescue squads into a remote forest in hopes of brining back her 218 classmates. Mana Rabiee reports.

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For more than two years, the world wondered where she was ... Now, Amina Ali is in the global spotlight, the first of Nigeria's so-called Chibok schoolgirls to gain freedom. Soon after being found on Tuesday, she was whisked away to the capital Abuja where she met President Muhammadu Buhari -- and HE got to meet her 4-month-old daughter. Amina is one of 219 schoolgirls taken by Boko Haram militants from their school in Chibok in April 2014. The priority now Buhari says, is Amina's reintegration into society. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NIGERIA'S PRESIDENT, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, SAYING: "The continuation of Amina's education so abruptly disrupted will definitely be a priority of the federal government. Amina must be able to go back to school." The mass kidnapping stirred international outrage and inspired the Bring Back Our Girls movement. The exact circumstances of Amina's new-found freedom are unclear. The army says she was "rescued" in the Boko Haram stronghold of remote northeast Borno.... but a parents' association said she'd simply been "found". A man the government says is a suspected Boko Haram fighter was with Amina and her baby, claiming to be the girl's husband. He's been detained. President Buhari, a former military ruler, has struggled to crush the Boko Haram insurgency. With Amina's appearance, he's ordered army rescue squads to move into the militant's last great stronghold in Borno state -- where they hope to, finally, bring the other Chibok girls home.

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Kidnapped Chibok girl's return sparks new hunt for 218 others

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 01:37