Another glimmer of hope has emerged as a Chibok schoolgirl, kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, has been rescued.
The Nigerian military recently announced the rescue of the girl in the Sambisa Forest area in Borno State. Nathan Johnson with International Christian Concern (ICC) sees the rescue of Salome Pogu as a hopeful sign.
"It's been almost four years now since the 276 girls were abducted in Chibok, Nigeria," he points out. "There have been signs of hope along the way – in 2016, some 24 girls were actually able to get released; in 2017, midway through the year, there were 82 who were released; and every now and then they find one or two who escaped the captivity by themselves."
This, he explains, is one of those cases. "Somehow this girl got away and was wandering around the woods when the Nigerian military found her," he tells OneNewsNow. "So this is definitely hope for the [other] 105 girls, and their families, who are still under captivity at this point."
ICC reports the young girl will probably remain in safekeeping with the Nigerian military for a while and separate from the community to make sure she hasn't been indoctrinated or brainwashed by Boko Haram. Meanwhile, the previously released girls who had been in the custody of the Nigerian government were brought to spend Christmas with their families in Chibok.