Chibok girl escapes


Another Nigerian schoolgirl from the kidnapped group known as the “Chibok girls” escaped from captivity by Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, a presidential spokesman said.

The escape makes her the latest to return of the roughly 270 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014 from the town of Chibok. Earlier this month, the militants swapped 82 girls for prisoners.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a cabinet meeting in Abuja “announced another Chibok schoolgirl had been found after she escaped from her captors,” said the spokesman.
“I learnt she is already being brought to Abuja,” he said, giving no further details.

Of the 270 girls originally kidnapped, around 60 escaped and more than 100 have been released. About 100 are still believed to be in captivity.

Boko Haram’s insurgency has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than two million since 2009 in an attempt to create an Islamic caliphate in north-eastern Nigeria.

Three years ago, the abduction of the girls from their secondary school by Boko Haram sparked global outrage and a celebrity-backed campaign #bringbackourgirls.

For more than two years there was no sign of them. But the discovery of one with a baby last May raised hopes for their safety, with a further two girls found in later months and a group of 21 released by the Islamist militants in October.

Although the Chibok girls are the most high-profile case, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children, many of whose cases are neglected, say aid organisations.

The group often uses those captives, especially young girls and women, as suicide bombers.