A ray of hope in a Nigerian forest

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

Boko Haram in NigeriaHuman rights groups are celebrating news that one of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been rescued.

In 2014, Boko Haram gunmen stormed a government school in northern Nigeria and abducted 276 mostly Christian teenage schoolgirls.

Shortly after the incident, dozens of girls escaped into the surrounding bush but more than 200 remain missing more than two years later.  However, hope has been renewed with the news last week of one of the girls being found in the Sambisia Forest. 

Troy Augustine, regional manager for Africa for International Christian Concern, says that rescue could lead to information leading to more.

"So that's a great cause to rejoice and celebrate now that this has been confirmed," he says.

Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group that has pledged support to ISIS. 

Augustine reports that the Nigerian government, in particular its military, has fought Boko Horam in recent months and rescued thousands of people.

"The reality is that the Chibok girls represent only a small percentage of the vast number of people - of women, children and even men - that Boko Haram has kidnapped," Augustine explains.

Estimates range from 2,000 to 7,000 people who have been kidnapped since 2009.

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