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One of the Newly released 82 Chibok school girls embraces her parents as she reunites with her family in Abuja, Nigeria May 20, 2017. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)


82 Chibok girls freed from Boko Haram captivity reunited with families

May 22, 2017

Over the weekend, the Nigerian government said the 82 Chibok girls who earlier this month were freed from the clutches of Boko Haram after more than three years in captivity had been reunited with their families. The girls — now young women between the ages of 18 and 21 — were among the 276 snatched in the middle of night by the terror group as the girls slept in the beds at their Chibok boarding school in 2014. The young women were reunited with relatives at a ceremony, the government said in a statement. It also released photos and videos of the occasion, showing families and friends singing and dancing in celebration of their return.

“I feel very excited, very happy,” Bulama Jonah, a father who was reunited with his daughter this weekend, said in a video interview. “I cannot overemphasize how I feel.”

Most of the young women were in good physical condition when they were released in early May, but a couple of the women had been turned over with severe injuries. One young woman had a broken arm when she was rescued, and another had suffered a broken leg. They and the others all received medical attention and after spending time with their families will be enrolled in a remedial program to help get them ready to return to school, Minister of Women Affairs, Hajia Alhassan, said, according to CNN.

Boko Haram continues to hold hostage another 113 girls seized that night in 2014. For more on the story, watch the video below.

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