Dozens of schoolgirls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram finally reunited with families

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More

The 82 girls were among the 276 taken by the extremists from their boarding school in Chibok in 2014 – sparking a worldwide campaign for their release.

schoolgirlsDozens of Nigerian schoolgirls have been reunited with their families more than three years after being kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.

The 82 girls were among the 276 taken by the extremists from their boarding school in Chibok in 2014 – sparking a worldwide campaign for their release.

Parents travelled through the night to meet their daughters in the Nigerian capital Abuja, where the emotional girls sang and danced with their families in a long-awaited street celebration.

The freed girls will remain in government care for the time being, while authorities conduct psychological and medical assessments.

ut some 113 girls are still being held by the terrorist group.

About 21 Chibok girls were released in October in a deal brokered by Switzerland and the International Red Cross.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said in a statement the government was “in constant touch through negotiations.

The girls were taken from a school in Chibok in the remote northeastern Borno state where Boko Haram has waged an insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state.

For more than two years there was no sign of the Chibok schoolgirls.

But the discovery of one of the girls with a baby in May 2016 fuelled hopes for their safety, with a further two girls found in later months and a group released in October.

United Nations have stressed the Chibok girls are not the only ones who have suffered violence at the hands of Boko Haram.

At least 2,000 boys and girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since 2014, with many used as cooks, sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers, according to Amnesty International.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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