One of the schoolgirls whose abduction triggered the #BringBackOurGirlscampaign has been located after more than two years, an official said Wednesday.
The mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014 ignited an international outcry. The ensuing#BringBackOurGirls campaign was backed by the likes of Michelle Obama, while the U.S. and other countries sent military assistance.
Bukky Shonibare, one of the strategic team members of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, told NBC News that a female was found by a vigilante group on Tuesday in a village in the Sambisa forest.
She told them that she had escaped Boko Haram and had a baby.
Her identity was later confirmed by residents of her hometown, who said they were “100 percent sure that this was one of the Chibok girls,” according to Shonibare.
While Nigeria’s government has publicly touted an aggressive campaign to beat back Boko Haram, it’s failure to find the girls has drawn criticism.
The news comes one day after the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, presented “symbolic” checks to the mothers of the missing girls.