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Friday, 10 November 2017

Chibok girl abandoned in hospital over medical bill

A woman who was kidnapped by Boko Haram has been abandoned in hospital as a school and the governments fight over her medical bills, reports Reuters.

Naomi Adamu was one of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in April 2014.

She was set free this May and the government sponsored her to start a special catch-up course in September at the American University of Nigeria (AUN).

She needs surgery for a kidney condition but her mother is unable to pay.

Yakubu Nkeki of the Chibok parents' association told journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani that Ms Adamu is suffering from shrapnel left in her body, incurred while she was in captivity.

Her parents say they can't afford to pay for the kidney surgery she needs.

Yet, they add, the government and the university are passing the buck on paying for their healthcare.

A spokeswoman for the ministry of women's affairs said the school fees paid by the government include medical bills.
But the AUN could not immediately be reached for comment, Nwaubani adds.
Ms Adamu wrote a diary about her time in captivity.

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