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Chibok Girls Reunite With Families After Being Held In Captivity By Boko Haram

The recently expelled Chibok girls reunited with their families amidst pleasure and tears in a Nigerian collateral of Abuja. Still, 113 girls are being hold by Boko Haram militants.

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The recently expelled Chibok girls reunited with their families amidst pleasure and tears in a Nigerian collateral of Abuja. Still, 113 girls are being hold by Boko Haram militants.

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After some-more than 3 years in captivity, 82 of a Chibok schoolgirls have been reunited with their families amid tears, laughter, strain and dancing. On an romantic day in a Nigerian collateral city, Abuja, a immature women and their relatives wept as they embraced.

Some groups sank to their knees, giving regard and praying.

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“Today we appreciate God, my daughter is alive,” Yahi Bulata told NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton as he hugged his now 21-year-old daughter, Comfort Bulus Bulata. He pronounced he hoped she would now be means to continue her education. Mothers sang a strain of thanks.

Jumping for joy, dancing and singing with delight, Godiya Joshua described it as “Christmas Day and New Year” rolled in one, before being reunited with her eldest child, Esther.

The 276 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted in a passed of night from their dorms by Boko Haram militants in Apr 2014, call general snub and a Bring Back Our Girls debate — corroborated by former initial lady Michelle Obama. The girls who were reunited with their families Saturday were partial of a new sell brokered by a Nigerian supervision with a assistance of a supervision of Switzerland, a Red Cross and other NGOs.

Three immature women who’ve transient are also enclosed in a group. One lady transient final May and dual some-more transient or were found final year. An initial organisation of 21 was expelled in Oct and was reunited with their schoolmates Saturday. The immature women sang and danced alone and together.

Despite a celebratory atmosphere, 113 of a Chibok girls are still being hold by a militant group. According to Nigerian clergyman Fatima Akilu, conduct of a Neem Foundation assisting survivors of Boko Haram’s nonconformist violence, a girls designate a many larger problem in uneasy northeastern Nigeria. She specializes in deradicalization and reintegration and says her NGO is assisting hundreds of people — girls, boys, group and women — who’ve survived captivity, like a Chibok girls, yet are not in a open eye.

“A lot of people are not wakeful of a scale of a problem,” Akilu told Quist-Arcton. “Resources should be scaled adult to embody a speechless victims that don’t unequivocally have this large megaphone that has highlighted their plight.” According to Human Rights Watch, hundreds of other children are still blank in Northeast Nigeria, yet a Chibok girls have gotten a many attention.

There are also slow questions about a standing of a girls who have been freed. Though a 82 girls expelled dual weeks ago are saying their families today, they will not go home with them to remote, farming Chibok. They are to sojourn in a caring of a government, for medical and psychological evaluation, as good as troops debriefings, followed by a reconstruction and reintegration program.

As NPR has reported previously, 21 other girls who were expelled final year are still in supervision caring as well. “The Nigerian supervision maintains that these are confidence precautions to strengthen a girls from a stigma, displacement and taste ordinarily faced by those returning from Boko Haram captivity.”

Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, discharged criticisms that a liberated immature women were being kept from their families. She pronounced their relatives can revisit them during any time, and that a immature women are there by choice.

“It is easier for them to get over a mishap while outward Chibok,” Alhassan told reporters final week.

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton contributed to this news from Abuja.