Thursday, May 19, 2016

One Chibok Schoolgirl Is Found

Photo taken by Nigerian military

Blaming the victim is still okay in some parts of the world.

19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki, kidnapped from her school in Chibok, Nigeria, in 2014 was found on Wednesday, starving in a forest with her baby and a man who claimed to be her husband.

She and other escaped victims of Boko Haram are met more often with scorn and suspicion than with comfort.  The group has used young women as suicide bombers, so there is fear.

Amina was taken to her mother, who identified her, but she is still being held for questioning by the Nigerian military.

Thank you to Drew Hinshaw in Accra, Ghana, and Gbenga Akingbule in Abuja, Nigeria, for this report.  The Wall Street Journal placed the photo on page one, top and center, and the story on page A7.

The New York Times placed its own photo on page one and well as a story beginning with Zara, another young woman escaped from Boko Haram in Nigeria, who faced threats and beating in a refugee camp in Maiduguri, Nigeria.  Her baby, the product of rape while in captivity, bears stigma.

Another woman whose village had been burned down by Boko Haram, Hazida Ali, said this of returning women refugees:

"All those women who lived with Boko Haram are also Boko Haram soldiers.  The military should not make the mistake of releasing them.  If they can't execute them, they should figure out what to do with them.  They should not be allowed to lived alongside those who suffered."

Thank you to Dionne Searcey of the NYT for the interviews with Zara, whose full name is not revealed, and with Ms. Ali in a report from Dalori, Nigeria.  Thank you to her and Chris Stein for a report on Amina Ali from Lagos, Nigeria.

A report in April:

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