A Nigerian schoolgirl who was among a mass hostage-taking by Islamist militants more than two years ago has been found, officials said Wednesday, marking the first of the more than 200 captives to be recovered since shortly after the abduction.

The girl was discovered wandering in a forest area in northeast Nigeria, not far from the village of Chibok, where the students were seized in April 2014 by the group Boko Haram, authorities and relatives said. The militants’ raid drew international outrage and spawned a global campaign for their release.

The end of the teen’s ordeal is likely to raise hopes that others held by Boko Haram could find freedom. But the militants remain a significant force despite widening military campaigns – backed by U.S. drone surveillance – in Nigeria and surrounding countries including Cameroon and Chad.

The Associated Press, quoting one of the girl’s uncles, said 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki was found by Nigerian soldiers. The uncle, Yakubu Nkeki, said his niece was pregnant and suffering from “trauma,” but he did not elaborate. Other reports suggested she had already given birth.

She was among 276 girls – mostly aged 16 to 18 – taken captive at their boarding school as they prepared for an exam. At least 219 remained missing after the others managed to escape soon after the abduction.

In April, a video surfaced purporting to show 15 of the kidnapped girls. One of the girls remarked, “We are all well,” and she encouraged the Nigerian government to meet Boko Haram’s demands, which were not stated.

Since the abduction, activists and others have stirred fears that the girls could face abuse or forced marriages with fighters from Boko Haram.


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