Over the past week, Nigeria’s military says it has freed about 700 girls and women who were being held hostage by Boko Haram in various prison camps hidden in the Sambisa Forest, the extremists’ last stronghold in the region. Many of the girls and women who have been rescued are still reportedly in shock and having difficulty believing that they’re now safe. In addition, many have told tragic stories about what happened while they were in Boko Haram’s custody and in the very moments before they were rescued. Some of the women reported that as Nigerian troops approached to make the rescue, Boko Haram militants stoned several of their captives to death. The dramatic rescues have buoyed the outlook in Nigeria where officials and soldiers are still hunting for girls abducted from their school in Chibok in April 2014.
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