(DW/DPA/Reuters/AFP) – Nigerian troops have rescued one of the more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by the jihadist group Boko Haram in April 2014. The girl was carrying her 10-month-old son when she was found by troops screening Boko Haram escapees.
Nigerian military spokesman Sani Usman said the girl, identified as Maryam Ali Maiyanga, was discovered by troops screening escapees from Boko Haram’s base in the Sambisa forest, near the Cameroon border.
“She was discovered to be carrying a 10-month-old son named Ali,” Usman said. “She has been taken to the unit’s medical facility for (a) proper medical check-up.”
The campaign group Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), which has close ties to relatives of the abducted girls, confirmed the release. “We are happy with the news… We have confirmed the name of the freed girl to be among those on our data base,” BBOG campaigner Aisha Yesufu told Agence France-Presse.
“Our hope is that the government will work towards an early release of the remaining girls so that we can bring this sad episode to a close.”
The campaign group said Maiyanga, who was number 198 on its register of the kidnapped girls, was from Askira Uba in the Borno district and was kidnapped along with her twin.
However, her twin is still missing.
The rescue came just three weeks after 21 of abducted Chibok girls were released following negotiations between the military and Boko Haram, which were brokered by the Red Cross and Switzerland.
Photo: Maryam Ali Maivanga, the latest Chibok girl to be found, with her son Ali. Credit; Nigerian Army via Twitter,