In Retrospect : Nigeria’s Free Chibok Girls Return Home “Fully Recovered”

More than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014 are ready to return to normal life after being released and receiving psychological and medical treatment, the government said on Friday.
Some 270 girls were originally abducted by the Islamist group but 82 were freed in May this year after mediation, adding to 24 who were released or found last year. The girls have been receiving psychological and medical care in the capital, Abuja, as part of a government rehabilitation programme.

The buses sent to the Sambisa forest by the Nigerian government to pickup 82 Chibok school girls released by Boko Haram. The Nigerian government secured their release after a secrete deal with Boko Haram in a prisoner/hostage swap agreement.
The release school girls board a waiting Mi-17Sh helicopter, after which they are flown directly to the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja to meet with President Buhari.
The girls are received by wife of Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osibanjo in an emotionally laced events.
The girls are received by Nigeria’s Vice President in an emotionally laced events.
Children in, mothers out. Some went into the Sambisa as children and came out mothers.

“All the 106 girls are now fully recovered, ready for re-integration with their families and the larger society, and to go back to school,” Aisha Jummai Alhassan, minister of women affairs, told a news conference.

“They are now stabilised and most of their traumatic stress disorder symptoms have been overcome and previously frequent incidents of flashbacks, insomnia and nightmares have now been successfully brought under control,” she said.

Even in freedom the blank expression in their eyes says it all. These girls have witnessed death and abuse on a scale many of us may never fully comprehend . The emotional scar of their horid experience will be with them fkr the rest of their lives.
Nigerian Army Chief if Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai presenting the released Chibok Girls to the President.
The freed Chibok school girls with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

Some of them underwent surgery, and a prosthetic limb was provided for a girl who lost a leg while in captivity. Four babies were also said to be in good health.

Of the 270 girls who were originally taken, about 60 escaped soon afterwards but around 100 are still believed to be in captivity. Alhassan said negotiations to secure their release were ongoing.
Boko Haram has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced more than two million during an eight-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.
The Chibok case provoked global outrage and a celebrity-backed campaign to raise awareness of the girls’ plight, but aid groups say Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands more adults and children, many of whose cases are neglected.

A United Nations human rights committee called in July for Nigeria’s government to step up efforts to rescue all women and girls abducted by Boko Haram and ensure they returned to school without stigma.

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