“Is this my daddy?”: Several Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram escape

by Peter Heck · Jan 29th, 2021 12:23 pm
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Last Updated Jan 30th, 2021 at 10:11 pm

Seven years after Boko Haram militants abducted his daughter along with almost 300 other young women, Ali Maiyanga said he picked up the phone to hear her voice.

"She asked me, ‘Is this my daddy?' Is this my daddy, and she started crying," Maiyanga recounted. "The crying was [so] much and I couldn't hear her very well. I was crying too. I never expected to hear from her again."

Maiyanga said his entire family is rejoicing as his daughter, Halima Ali Maiyanga, is one of a group of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls who have miraculously escaped from their captors.

Maiyanga did not have details on how many girls escaped or how they managed to do so, because the call with his daughter was short and emotional. He does know, however, that she is safe with the other girls, being cared for by the Nigerian army.

Halima and 275 other young women were kidnapped in 2014 when the Islamic militant group stormed a Nigerian boarding school in Chibok. The incident drew international attention with even First Lady Michelle Obama famously posing with a sign that read #BringBackOurGirls.

Several dozen girls escaped almost immediately. Since that time, Boko Haram has released or freed through prisoner exchange an additional 103 girls, and 1 other girl was found wandering in a Nigerian forest looking for help.

Until now, nothing else had been heard of the remaining 112 girls.


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