Contact: Molade Alawode
May 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ONE MISSING CHIBOK SCHOOLGIRL REUNITED WITH MOTHER
218 Still Held Captive By Boko Haram
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Act4Accountability (ACT4), an organization dedicated to building a culture of accountability among Africans and the diaspora through civic engagement welcomes the news of the reunion of the abducted Chibok girl, Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki from Mbalala local government area of Chibok with her mother. The two were brutally separated in April 2014 when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 female students from Chibok Secondary School in Borno State, sparking the global #BringBackOurGirls movement.
The Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), a vigilante group set up to help fight Boko Haram, found Amina along with a baby and a man on May 17, 2016 while on patrol at the fringes of the Sambisa Forest and the Nigeria/Cameroon border. Amina, now aged 19, was 17-years-old when she was kidnapped two years ago with 275 other female students from their school in Chibok, Borno State. The Murtala Mohammed Foundation has confirmed that Amina is the mother of the four-month-old baby and information about the man found with them is still under investigation.
Amina has reportedly confirmed that six of the Chibok girls have died and Boko Haram members are holding hostage other girls from that town under heavy security. “This is wonderful news for Amina’s family and the #BringBackOurGirls movement!” exclaims Omolola Adele-Oso, Act4Accountability’s Executive Director. “Unfortunately, this was another rescue facilitated by Nigerian citizens instead of the Nigerian government. It affirms the need for continued advocacy regarding the rescue mission promised by President Buhari,” she says. Regarding potential information gathering, Adele-Oso adds, “We hope that the intelligence debrief with Amina will lead to prioritized rescue missions in Boko Haram strongholds and a coordinated rehabilitation plan that includes increased post-traumatic resources for every rescued citizen.”
Finally, ACT4 calls for better reporting from all media outlets in protecting the privacy of Amina and the baby. While Amina is technically considered an adult, she and the baby are victims and they should be afforded the same treatment as child victims of physical or sexual abuse and exploitation.
About Act4Accountability (ACT4): We are building a culture of accountability among Africans and the diaspora through civic engagement. ACT4 accomplishes this goal by educating the public, designing tools for organizing, and leveraging technology. We are changing the norms of social justice work by leading our own initiatives and telling our own stories. At our core, we believe that accountability is essential to any sustainable community, and that every authority can be held accountable when a diaspora raises its voice. Visit our www.act4accountability.com for more information.