Rescued Chibok schoolgirl cries to be reunited with repentant Boko Haram husband

Mary Nkeki, one of the Chibok schoolgirls who was recently rescued by troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) in Northeast Nigeria, has expressed her desire to be reunited with Mallam Adamu, a repentant Boko Haram member who had defiled her and forcefully married her during her captivity.

Mary Nkeki was handed over to the Borno state government after being rescued by the Nigerian Army Battalion. She had been abducted in April 2014, and her name was listed as number 55 among the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

In her statements to the press, Mary Nkeki revealed that she had two babies with Mallam Adamu while in captivity, but unfortunately, both babies died due to severe acute malnutrition in the Gulumba Forest of the Bama local council. Despite the hardships she endured during her captivity, she expressed her desire to be reunited with Mallam Adamu, who had surrendered as a repentant Boko Haram member the week before in Dikwa.

Mary’s sentiment reflects a complex and deeply personal situation that survivors of abduction and conflict often face, where emotional bonds formed during captivity can blur the lines between victim and perpetrator. This case highlights the intricate challenges involved in post-conflict reintegration and the emotional complexities faced by survivors.