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10/28/2018 Nigeria/Cameroon (International Christian Concern) – News has surfaced that 57 of the missing Chibok girls may have been located in two towns in Cameroon. Many of the girls who have already been able to escape have told family members and journalists that they witnessed dozens of the girls who still have not been rescued, in the towns of Garin Magajo and Garin Mallam. These girls are said to have been forced into marriages with Boko Haram fighters in those areas, and that many of them have already had children.

This will hopefully allow the Nigerian government to focus their search for these girls in a much smaller area and give them a real place to start looking again. It has been almost a year, however, since the last large group of Chibok girls was released. This does mean that the information could be old and may only lead to some hints. There have been calls for the Nigerian Government to reach out to their Cameroonian counterparts and ensure that this lead is fully explored. This needs to happen in order to show that the Nigerian Government has not forgotten these young girls and is still willing to help rescue them.

The names of these girls have been confirmed by parents and the Parent’s Forum, a group that consists of those working to help these parents get their daughters back. This news bring hopes back to many families who were not sure if their daughters were dead or alive. We pray for the safe return of these girls as well as all other Boko Haram captives.

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