The Guardian is reporting that one of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 who was recently rescued, is ostracized because she has not been confirmed as being part of the Chibok girls who made headlines at the time.
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had initially promised Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki, the first girl rescued and confirmed as one of the girls, that her education would be funded when she met with him immediately after she was found.
But The Guardian reports that the second girl Serah Luka, was rescued this week, is not getting the same attention.
As a matter of fact, she and 90+ others who were with her in the same forest were sent to a refugee camp and are otherwise, being ignored.
The article points to another report published on Sahara Reporters which says that she had not been returned to her parents to be identified, and that she is from Chibok and had been kidnapped from a neighboring town on a different day.
Apparently, the #BringBackOurGirls movement/organization(s) have acknowledged her return and that all of these girls are no less important.
Clearly, Boko Haram can kidnap girls from any village in Nigeria, but the focus of attention has specifically been on Chibok because of how infamous the incident was, which even got some attention from America’s First Lady Michelle Obama.
During that time, the Nigerian President was Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan who at first denied that Boko Haram had kidnapped any girls at all, but ended up admitting to it eventually and was put under pressure by the international community to rescue the girls, as reported by Inquisitr.
Jonathan would eventually leave office in 2015 without accomplishing that goal.
One Nigerian commentator and lawyer, Abdul Amin Mahmud, was quoted as being concerned about the future of these girls captured by Boko Haram with his government.
“She was roughly handled by the Nigerian army, and she’s a young girl who’s been in captivity for two years. The girl is not a trophy. She’s not the elephant man to be paraded at a circus. She has gone through real psychological trauma. She needs care. They transferred her to the governor’s house and to Abuja to meet the president – for what? The issue of the missing Chibok girls has become a political issue. The previous government did nothing, so if the current government can rescue one, it’s seen as a political victory. I worry about the future of these young girls.”
Even more, it appears that this is affecting children who were kidnapped from other villages, who when rescued, were simply taken and also placed in camps under poor conditions.
An op-ed published on Deutsche Welle, which refers to the new president’s record since his inauguration, writes about how Buhari cleaned up the corruption in the military and drove Boko Haram out of their strongholds, but the terrorist group is still making their presence known when they frequently stage attacks against villages.
Boko Haram has pledged their allegiance to ISIS, a terrorist group who has spread throughout Iraq and Syria, causing a mass exodus of refugees into Europe and drawing various nations to unite in a fight against them.
Their influence has also spread through Yemen, Libya, and reportedly in Afghanistan.
Like Boko Haram, ISIS has also reportedly kidnapped, beaten, and raped women and children, and conducted forced marriages, even recruiting some of them to become suicide bombers.
Grammar, spelling corrections made and statements clarified. [12:44:15 AM – 05-29-2016]