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Omon Okor

I lived in Nigeria for my entire childhood. When I came to the United States, my eyes were opened as to how unaware other countries were to the overwhelming economic and cultural challenges of Africa.  It was then I knew I was meant to dedicate my life to bringing a voice to those still in the shadows and to enlighten those totally unaware of the atrocities women and children in Africa endure.

Kidnapped Schoolgirl Found in Nigeria Chibok Girls

One of the missing Chibok schoolgirls has been found in Nigeria, activists say, the first to be rescued since their capture two years ago.
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Activists told the BBC that Amina Ali Nkeki was found by a vigilante group on Tuesday in the huge Sambisa Forest, close to the border with Cameroon. The girls were taken by militants from the Boko Haram Islamist group. Amina was reportedly identified by a civilian fighter who recognized her. The fighter belonged to the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram.


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Hosea Abana Tsambido, the chairman of the Chibok community in the capital, Abuja, told BBC Focus on Africa that Amina was found by the vigilantes after venturing into the forest to search for firewood. She was saying, “all the Chibok girls are still there in the Sambisa except six of them that have already died."


Nigerian media reported that the army had launched a number of operations against Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest. A Nigerian army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman Kuka Sheka, issued a statement saying that a Chibok schoolgirl was among a group of people rescued by Nigerian troops.


About the 2014 attack

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The gunmen arrived in Chibok late at night, then raided the school dormitories and loaded 276 girls on to trucks. Some escape within hours of their kidnapping, jumping off the trucks and running off into the bushes. Fifteen girls in black robes were pictured. They said they were being treated well but wanted to be with their families.


The video was allegedly shot on Christmas Day 2015 and some of the girls were identified by their parents. The Chibok schoolgirls, many of whom are Christian, had previously not been seen since May 2014, when Boko Haram released a video of about 130 of them gathered together reciting the Koran.


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Omon Okor

I lived in Nigeria for my entire childhood. When I came to the United States, my eyes were opened as to how unaware other countries were to the overwhelming economic and cultural challenges of Africa.  It was then I knew I was meant to dedicate my life to bringing a voice to those still in the shadows and to enlighten those totally unaware of the atrocities women and children in Africa endure.



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