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Nigerian soldiers reportedly find first of 219 kidnapped schoolgirls

Two years since Boko Haram militants kidnapped 219 Chibok schoolgirls, Nigerian soldiers found one of the missing girls late Tuesday.

Amina Ali Nkeki was found in the Sambisa Forest in northeastern Nigeria, her uncle Yakubu Nkeki told the Associated Press. Since April 2014, 218 of her classmates from the Government Girls Secondary School in northeast Nigeria remain missing.

Now 19 years old — she was abducted at 17 — Amina was identified by a fighter in the Civilian Joint Task Force to combat Boko Haram. She was then brought to Chibok to be identified and reunited with her mother. Amina’s father died while she was held captive.

Amina was found pregnant, traumatized and possibly carrying a baby, according to reports from the Associated Press and Reuters.

Other girls may have been found and rescued by soldiers, but their identities have not yet been verified, Chibok community leader, Pogu Bitrus, told the Associated Press.

The Chibok community of parents and relatives responded to the loss of their girls with a worldwide social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which has garnered support from world leaders and celebrities like Michelle Obama, Connie Britton and Malala Yousefzai. Mounting pressure to find the girls led to former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s electoral defeat.

For almost seven years, Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children while trying to carve out their Islamic Caliphate in northeast Nigeria along the border of Cameroon, the Associated Press reported.

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