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Chibok schoolgirl rescued from Boko Haram first interview

Chibok schoolgirl rescued from Boko Haram first interviewThe first rescued Chibok schoolgirl, who spent two years in Boko Haram’s captivity in northeast Nigeria, in her first interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday said she just wants to go home.

In May Amina Ali and her four-month-old baby was rescued near Damboa in Borno state by soldiers and a civilian vigilante group. It has been two years after she and other 218 girls were kidnapped by the Islamist militants from a school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria.

Since May the 21-year-old girl was hidden in a house in the capital Abuja in order to resist global media attention.

"I just want to go home - I don't know about school," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an exclusive interview.

An interview comes a few days later Boko Haram published a video with other kidnapped girls. In the footage a masked man stands behind a group of the girls, and says some of their classmates have been killed in air strikes.

"I think about them a lot - I would tell them to be hopeful and prayerful. In the same way God rescued me, he will also rescue them," Ali said referring to other girls.

Ali was found with a suspected Boko Haram militant, Mohammed Hayatu, claiming to be her husband. And now she is saying she was unhappy to have been separated from the father of her four-month-old baby girl.

"I want him to know that I am still thinking about him," Ali said.

Earlier this month Ali told her mother that the girls, who are being held in Sambisa forest, were starved and resorted to eating raw maize, and that some had died in captivity, suffered broken legs or gone deaf after being too close to explosions.

"I am not scared of Boko Haram - they are not my God," Ali said.
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