More than two years after they were kidnapped by Boko Haram, many of the Chibok Girls have been reunited with their families. Many if these young women had been released by the terrorist organization in May of 2017 during a prisoner exchange. Since then, they have been in the care of the Nigerian government going through rehabilitation and therapy for their struggles. This week, they were allowed to be reunited with their families at a celebration in Abuja. Women Affairs Minister Aisha Alhassan says they are now “fully recovered” and that they will be returning home and then to school. This is a great time for celebration, but we can’t forget the more than 100 girl still in captivity.
2017-09-15 Nigeria (BBC) More than 100 “Chibok girls” freed from Nigeria’s Boko Haram have been reunited with their families and will soon return to school.
Now young women, they were among 276 girls kidnapped by Islamist militants in 2014, and have spent months undergoing rehabilitation therapy.
Women Affairs Minister Aisha Alhassan says they are now “fully recovered”.
They were handed over to their parents at a party in the capital Abuja.
Most of the girls were released by Boko Haram in May, in a controversial prisoner swap deal with the Nigerian 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 government says they are now “fully rehabilitated” and has promised to sponsor their further education.