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ICC Note: Last week 82 Chibok girls were released in exchange for 5 Boko Haram fighters. The victims are still being assessed by the government and the parents have not been able to reunite with their daughters yet. Unfortunately, these schoolgirls were abducted in 2014 and some of the have died since then.

05/12/2017, Nigeria (LA Times)- Nigeria’s government is negotiating “seriously” for the release of more than 110 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls still held by Boko Haram and will exchange more detained members of the extremist group for them if needed, an official said Thursday.

“We will not relent until all are back,” the minister of women’s affairs and social development, Aisha Alhassan, told reporters in the capital, Abuja.

The mass abduction of nearly 300 girls from a boarding school three years ago brought world attention to Boko Haram’s deadly rampage in northern Nigeria. Thousands have been kidnapped or killed in the group’s eight-year insurgency, with millions driven from their homes.

On Saturday, 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls were released. Nigeria’s government exchanged them for five detained Boko Haram commanders, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to reporters on the matter. Negotiations with the extremist group, mediated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government, also resulted in the October release of the first group of 21 Chibok girls.

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