Chibok schoolgirls: 'One refused to be released'

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari met the 82 rescued Chibok girls after their release in a prisoner swap dealMore

"The release of 82 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls by the armed group Boko Haram is a big relief", reads the Amnesty International statement.

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has met with the 82 freed Chibok Girls and assured them of the Federal Government's commitment to the rescue of those still in Boko Haram captivity.

The abduction sparked global outrage and a Bring Back Our Girls campaign supported by then-U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and list of celebrities, but there was no sign of the girls for two years until one was found in a forest last May.

Testimony from former hostages in the brutal conflict has revealed that Boko Haram forced many women and young girls into marriage, and that rape and sexual violence were commonplace. "She said, 'I am happy where I am". In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity wait to meet with Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential palace in.

The Yaga family, whose daughter Sarah was among the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram in 2014, are however still uncertain about the fate of their daughter. Numerous girls who were held captive were forced to marry their captors and birth children in remote hideouts without ever knowing if they would see their parents again. Soon after the initial kidnapping, some of the students escaped, and a year ago, 21 girls were released as part of an International Red Cross operation.

Although the Chibok girls are the most high-profile case, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of adults and children, many of whose cases have been neglected.

Human rights activists also fear some of the girls have been used by Boko Haram to carry out suicide bombings as part of the group's insurgency.

During the commemoration of May Day barely a week ago, like in the previous years, we had noted that "the victory over Boko Haram can not be complete without the rescue unharmed of the girls".

She said pictures of the 82 girls had been sent for their parents to confirm their identification as some have similar names. The newly released girls will join the program.

"We are looking beyond the release of these girls". The president had said last month that the government was in negotiations to secure the release of the remaining girls and other abducted persons. The girls' faces were beamed across the world before their parents had even been contacted.

The government said people denied access were not their biological parents, adding that they will swap more Boko Haram members for the remaining girls if they have to do it again.



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