Chibok girls will need individual counselling

Kidnapped Nigerian girls will need individual help to recover from the 30 months they've been in bandits' captivity.

  • Oct. 17, 2016 1:00 p.m.

One of the Chibok girls returning to her parents in Nigeria earlier this week.

Some of the 21 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by the armed group Boko Haram have reunited with their families, following their release after 30 months in captivity.

There was joy and tears as the freed girls, who were among the 276 girls kidnapped from their school in the town of Chibok in April 2014, met their relatives in Abuja, Nigeria on Sunday.

The girls were freed on Oct. 13, but it took days for most of the families to reach the capital for the reunion.

Of the 276 girls kidnapped from their school, 57 managed to escape, leaving 192 still not accounted for.

It’s reported that the release of the girls was brokered by the Swiss and the International Red Cross.

It has not been revealed whether a ransom was paid, and Nigeria’s information minister denied reports that captured Boko Haram fighters were swapped for the girls.

 

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