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ICC Note: Boko Haram insurgents agreed to release 82 Chibok girls last week, but only in exchange for 5 of their imprisoned fighters. The families of the released victims had been waiting in anguish, not knowing what to expect of their physical and psychological state. The girls were kidnapped three years ago and had not seen their families since then.

05/22/2017, Nigeria (Deseret News)- The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity reunited with their families Saturday as anxious parents looked for signs of how deeply the extremists had changed their daughters’ lives.

Brightly dressed families rushed through the crowd in the capital, Abuja, and embraced. One small group sank to their knees, with a woman raising her hands as if praising in church. Some danced. Others were in tears.

“I am really happy today, I am Christmas and new year, I am very happy and I thank God,” said mother Godiya Joshua, whose daughter Esther was among those freed.

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