Amina Ali (hostage)

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Amina Ali Nkeki[1] is a Nigerian woman who is a former hostage of Boko Haram. She was one of 276 female students the group kidnapped from Chibok in 2014. While 57 of the girls escaped in the first few months, the remaining 219 have been held for multiple years. Of this larger group, Ali was the first to regain her freedom, being found by a patrol group in May 2016.[2][3][4] She was found on 17 May 2016 by Civilian Joint Task Force along with a four-month-old child and an alleged Boko Haram member, Mohammed Hayatu, who described himself as her husband. All three were suffering from severe malnutrition.[2][5] She was taken to the house of the group's leader, Aboku Gaji, who recognised her. The group then reunited the girl with her parents.[6] Amina also stated that 6 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls had died.[7]

She met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on 19 May.[8] In June 2016, the Bring Back Our Girls group as well as Amina's parents started demanding her whereabouts as they hadn't seen her since her meeting with Buhari.[9] It was later discovered that she and her baby were being held in a government facility where they were to be "deradicalised". In her interview with Reuters in August 2016, she stated that she wasn't comfortable with the way she was being kept from her "husband" Hayatu and that she still thought about him.[10] She also stated that she just wanted to go home.[11] While 21 Chibok schoolgirls who were formerly held by Boko Haram were allowed to visit their families in 2016 for Christmas, Amina and another girl, Maryam Ali Maiyanga weren't, due to being reportedly deemed psychologically unfit to return home.[12]


  1. ^ "Rescued Chibok girl: Who is Amina Ali Nkeki?". BBC News. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Boko Haram: Nigerian schoolgirl Amina Ali abducted by extremists in Chibok found, officials say". ABC News. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Amina Ali rescued Chibok girl raises hopes for others held by Boko Haram". Vanguard (Nigeria). 18 May 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Aislinn Laing (18 May 2016). "Chibok girls: first missing Nigerian schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram found alive, campaigners say". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Lamb, Christina (2016-05-22). "Parents raise hopes as Chibok escapee says other girls alive". The Times. U.K. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 
  6. ^ "Chibok girls: 'First kidnapped girl found' in Nigeria". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-05-18. 
  7. ^ "Boko Haram abductees freed in Nigeria". BBC. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016 – via 
  8. ^ "Chibok girls: Amina Ali Nkeki meets President Buhari". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  9. ^ Jasmine Buari (2016-06-24). "Family of rescued Chibok girl demands her whereabouts". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  10. ^ Adam Withnall (2016-08-17). "Freed Chibok girl says she still misses her Boko Haram 'husband'". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  11. ^ Adam Withnall (2016-08-17). ""I just want to go home", says first Chibok girl rescued from Boko Haram". Pulse News Agency. Retrieved 2016-11-06. 
  12. ^ Kabiru R. Anwar (2016-12-24). "21 Chibok girls excited to visit home 2 years after ordeal". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2016-12-30.