21 Chibok Girls Released From Boko Haram In Mid-October

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A beyond-scary situation is starting to slowly head towards a conclusion.

Two years ago, in April of 2014, more than 200 girls were kidnapped.  They were about 16 years of age to 18.  They were kidnapped from their school, and taken captive.  Some 50 girls were able to escape the original abduction.  However, more than 200 still remained in the arms of terrorist group Boko Haram.  On October 13, 2016, however, 21 of the girls were released and given over to Nigeria.  For these girls, that was the end of their 30 month captivity.

The release of the girls is in direct tie to a deal from the Red Cross and the Swiss government with the terrorist group.  The girls were released on October 13th, but for some families it took days before they were able to reunite with their girls.  The families traveled to the capital of Nigeria, Abuja to see the girls.  Alijazeera.com released statements from the reunited families.

“When we heard they found some of the girls, and that our daughter was among them, we slept as if the day was not going to break.  We wanted the day to break quickly, to see if the government is going to call us to come and see that our daughter was among them.” — Muta Abana, father.

As of the writing of this article, it has also been reported that Boko Haram may be willing to release 83 more girls.  It was reported that it will take negotiation to get more girls back.  No one seems to be sure what was negotiated the first time.  Speculation came that the government had traded Boko Haram prisoners for the girls, but the government denies these claims.  In response to the rumors, the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, said:  “Certainly there was no swap of any kind […] there was no exchange.”  (Quote from alijazeera.com)

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