Released Chibok Girls Reunited With Families

Released Chibok Girls Reunited With Families

The kidnapped Chibok Girls freed from Boko Haram have been reunited with their families and will soon return to school.

Now young women, they were among 276 girls kidnapped by the insurgents in 2014, and have spent months undergoing rehabilitation therapy.
 
The minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan says they are now “fully recovered”.

They were handed over to their parents at a party in the capital Abuja.

It was gathered that most of the girls were released by Boko Haram in May, in a controversial prisoner swap deal with the federal government that saw five Boko Haram commanders released.

The girls spent months in government custody, undergoing psycho-social therapy after their traumatic experience at the hands of the Islamist militants.

The federal government said they are now “fully rehabilitated” and has promised to sponsor their further education.

They are going to be in one of the best schools, the American University of Nigeria, where they will start a special foundation programme like a pre-degree.

It’s a very happy day. When the girls came out, they were so traumatised that they didn’t even believe they were free. They are fully recovered, and they are very anxious to go to school.

More than 100 of the schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok remain in Boko Haram captivity.

Alhassan also said negotiations with the militants are ongoing to secure their release.

Thousands of women are believed to have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, many of whom remain in captivity.

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