10 Years of Chibok Abduction: Parents of kidnapped children heartbroken – again

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Ten years after Boko Haram gunmen abducted his daughter from her school in the Nigerian town of Chibok, Yama Bullum feels as if he has lost her once again.

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

His daughter, Jinkai Yama, was one of 276 girls kidnapped from the secondary school in on the night of 14 April 2014 by the Islamist fighters.

Fifty-seven of them escaped shortly afterwards. Then between 2016 and 2018 an additional 108 were either rescued by the military or released through negotiations.

Ninety-one others remain missing, but Ms Yama is one of 20 “Chibok girls” rescued over the last two years from Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa Forest in north-eastern Borno state, the epicentre of the 15-year insurgency.

Yet her father has been outraged to discover that like some of other recently freed women, she has decided to remain married to one of the fighters who once held her captive.

These couples now reside in the city of Maiduguri – Borno’s capital, 125km (78 miles)…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper