Second captive of Chibok girls escapes in a week …7 years after abduction

A young Nigerian woman who was among a group of more than 200 teenagers abducted in the eastern town of Chibok seven years ago has escaped her kidnappers.

Hassana Adamu was freed a week after another of the victims escaped and was reunited with her parents.

Ms. Adamu, and her two small children, presented themselves to the Nigerian military in the northern state of Borno.

On Saturday they met visiting Borno Governor Babagana Zulum, who shared the news on his Facebook page, including photos of the young family.

The mass abduction of the schoolgirls in 2014 by Islamist Boko Haram militants led to an international outcry.

While many of the victims eventually escaped or were rescued, more than 100 are still missing.

One of the Chibok girls freed in May has been telling journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani how a diary was kept of some of her three years in captivity with Boko Haram Islamist militants.

One of the oldest in her class, Naomi Adamu was 24 when she and more than 200 mainly Christian students were taken off into Boko Haram’s Sambisa forest hideout in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014, sparking global outrage.

While in captivity, the girls were given exercise books for the Koranic classes they were made to attend.

But some of the girls used these to keep secret diaries. When the militants found out, they were forced to burn the books.

Ms. Adamu managed to hide hers. She and her close friend, Sarah Samuel, now 20, and three other girls used the books to chronicle some of their experiences.

The diary entries, written in passable English and poor Hausa, are undated and appear to be from their early months in captivity.

The militants who attacked the Chibok School on April 14, 2014 had come with the intention of stealing an “engine block”, the diary notes. It is not clear what piece of machinery they wanted – there had been some construction work at the school a few weeks earlier, so it may have been the machine used for molding cement blocks, which can also be used for constructing crude weapons, or they may have been after an engine block from a vehicle. -BBC

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