Boko Haram Escapee Meets Nigerian President


Nigerian military reported to be closing in on the final stronghold of the militant group

Nineteen-year-old Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki who escaped from her Boko Haram captives met the Nigerian President in Abuja yesterday (Thursday). Amina attended the presidential villa with her mother, Binta, and her four-month-old daughter.

President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to liberate Nigeria from the Boko Haram militant group during last year’s presidential election campaign. It is understood that the Nigerian army are closing in on the Sambisa forest in Borno State, which is believed to be the final Boko Haram stronghold in the West African country.

Over 200 school girls were captured by Boko Haram militants in Chibok on April 14th, 2014. It marked one of the most alarming moments during the seven year insurgency by the fundamentalist group in northern Nigeria. Since 2009, over 2,000 people have lost their lives with more than two million seeking refuge elsewhere in Nigeria and neighbouring countries.

Some of those who fled Borno State came to the camp for Internally Displaced People (IPD) in Abuja. The Maria Centre opened at the camp last March and offers women an opportunity to learn new skills such as crafts and soap making. Sr. Anne Falola, OLA, who was involved in setting up the Maria Centre, recently expressed great pride at an exhibition event where many of the women proudly displayed the fruits of their labour.  “They amazed us. The centre only opened on March 8th and they have learnt the skills very quickly. Many of the women say that they are so delighted to be useful and are eager to learn more”.

 

Click here to read about the opening of the Maria Centre.

 

N Group.jpg                             Sr. Anne Falola, OLA pictured with some of the women who attend skills training at the Maria Centre.