Nigeria: Two ladies saved nine years after Chibokgirls abduction
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza MAMOS Nigeria
Two Nigerian ladies abducted as students by a jihadi militant group a long time back have been saved, the West African country’s military has said. One gave birth to a child who was one year old, while the other gave birth to her second child just a few days after being released.
Esther Marcus, 26, and Hauwa Maltha, 26, were two of the 276 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in April 2014 from the Government Girls secondary school in the Chibok village.
According to Maj Gen Ibrahim Ali, who leads the Nigerian military operation against the extremist violence in the north-east region that has been going on for more than a decade, they were rescued in April by Nigerian soldiers and reunited with their families in the north-eastern state of Borno.
Nine years ago, as the students in Borno were getting ready for exams, Boko Haram militants stormed the school. The worldwide outrage caused by the mass kidnapping prompted the social media campaign known as “#BringBackOurGirls.” More than 20 of the young ladies have recaptured their opportunity in the previous year, however almost 100 are as yet absent.
Ali told journalists on Thursday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, that Maltha and Marcus were forced to marry extremists while they were in captivity. His remarks echoed the concerns of parents and activists regarding Boko Haram’s treatment of the girls, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language.
Because one husband after another was killed in combat with the military, both girls were married three times.
Maiduguri stated, During her rescue, Hauwa, who was approximately eight months and two weeks pregnant, gave birth to a healthy boy on April 28 while her baby, Fatima, underwent a thorough medical examination.
Local leader Hassan Chibok said: It has gained the experiences new for the guardians that their youngsters are as yet absent.”
The Sambisa Forest, a well-known hideout for extremists, was where the majority of the girls who returned home in recent months had escaped. The majority of the girls, according to their parents, had children after either being forced into marriage or losing hope of ever being free.