#BringBackOurGirls: 82 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram

By Kim Abrahams
08 May 2017

This has come following negotiations between the Islamist military group and the Nigerian government.

More than three years after they were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, 82 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls have been released.

This comes following negotiations between the Islamist military group and the Nigerian government, the president’s office has said.

When the girls were snatched from their hostel beds at midnight in 2014, it caused global outrage and sparked the social media campaign #BringBackOurGirls, which saw celebrities join in support of the movement.

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The teen girls, aged between 16 and 18, are said to have forcibly been converted to Islam and married off to much older soldiers.

Now, three years later, the terrorist group has released 82 of the girls in exchange for Boko Haram soldiers who were held captive by the Nigerian government.

The number of soldiers released by authorities remains unknown but the Chibok girls arrived in the capital city of Abuja on Sunday. They were welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari and are set to receive medical attention.

They will then be reunited with their families.

Although the identity of the freed girls remains undisclosed, families are elated at the news.

"This is good news to us,” Enoch Mark, a Christian pastor whose two daughters are amongst the kidnapped girls, told AFP. “We have been waiting for this day. We hope the remaining girls will soon be released."

Sources: bbc.com, edition.cnn.com

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