Nigeria identifies 82 freed Chibok girls; parents await word


The United Nations welcomes the released of 82 Nigerian Chibok schoolgirls that were kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram in 2014, said a spokesperson here on Monday.

"They are in Abuja taking part in a rehabilitation programme". In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, centre, meets with Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, May.

"We have no apologies or regrets whatsoever for exchanging Boko haram detainees for our daughters".

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, on Wednesday pledged her support in the resettlement of the recently rescued Chibok school girls. Another three made it to safety past year, in addition to the 21 that were freed through negotiations. "I can not even sleep tonight", said Yana Galang, whose daughter, Rifkatu, was among the girls kidnapped.

According to her, most of the girls prefer to be within the government facility because they don't want to be reminded of their experiences having to go to their community. I am a mother. "My baby will be back soon, if she is among them or if she isn't".

Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014.

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Tsambido said the community would never accept such a claim because the government could use it as an excuse to give up on the rescue of the other girls. Exactly what their motivations are remains unclear, but there is speculation they may have been radicalised, or are too ashamed to return.

"Some girls refused to return ..."

"I am feeling bad", she told the Reuters news agency about her decision to leave her daughter behind in Chibok.

The mass abduction of almost 300 schoolgirls from a boarding school three years ago brought world attention to Boko Haram's deadly rampage in northern Nigeria. They had been taken from a northeast town near the Cameroon border, with their release beginning on Sunday morning. Amnesty International has recorded 41 cases of mass abductions in the last three years. A Facebook user referenced the fact that women and children were rescued from Boko Haram at this same time previous year.

For those parents receiving good news in the coming days, the wait may not be over. "When we asked them if they wanted to go home for Easter ... they are still scared and they said they don't want to go back".

The 24 girls who left captivity a year ago have been staying in a secret location in the capital, Abuja, for assessment, rehabilitation and debriefing by the Nigerian government.