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Nigeria: 21 Chibok girls released

October 17, 2016

Last week, the Islamic extremist terrorist group Boko Haram released 21 of the girls kidnapped in Chibok in April 2014. The group are active in the North of Nigeria, creating unrest and turmoil for many in the region.

It’s been two and a half years since 275 schoolgirls were kidnapped from their dormitories in Chibok, in the north-eastern state of Borno. Their disappearance eventually generated headlines around the world and fuelled a social-media storm, with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.

It is the first time any of the schoolgirls have been found since May, when two girls were discovered in the space of two days.

They were freed before dawn on 13 October in the north-eastern town of Banki, near the border with Cameroon. They were then transported to the capital, Abuja, where they met the Vice President.

“The whole country has been waiting that one day we will see you again and we are very happy to see you back,” said Yemi Osinbajo.

“The president in particular has asked me to tell you how excited he is. When you were away, he kept saying that if it were his daughter he wouldn’t even know what to do.

“So we are all very excited that you are here. We are all happy that God has preserved your lives and brought you back.”

Presidential aide Garba Shehu said the girls’ release was the “outcome of negotiations between the administration and the Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government”.

The talks with the radical Islamic group will continue, according to the Nigerian government.

Pictures released by local media and a presidency official showed one of the girls holding a baby when they met Vice President Osinbajo.

Many of the girls looked frail. Most of the girls were reportedly forcibly converted to Islam and forced into “marriage” by their captors.

More on the story…

Read about how the girls were reunited with family on the BBC News site…

Source: World Watch Monitor

Pray now…

  • Praise God for the safe release of these girls. Pray for their healing and recovery after their horrific experiences at the hands of Boko Haram militants.
  • For the safe release of the girls who are still being held captive
  • For wisdom for those working for the release of the missing girls.

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