New beginning

106 Chibok girls once held by Boko Haram getting a fresh start at school

Freed girls from Chibok wait in Abuja on May 7, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

More than 100 Nigerian girls who escaped or were freed from the clutches of Boko Haram are due to resume their studies at a new school in September.

As Agence France-Press reports, 106 young women will head to the American University of Nigeria foundation school. They had their education cut short when Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, seized 276 girls from a boarding school in Chibok in 2014.

Before they could resume their schooling, the girls struggled through a long road of physical and mental healing. One required a prosthetic leg, several needed surgery. All of the new students have reportedly received “extensive trauma counseling.”

“Previously frequent incidents of flashbacks, insomnia and nightmares have now been successfully brought under control,” Aisha Alhassan, Nigeria’s minister for women’s affairs, said in a statement.

Boko Haram has embarked on a brutal campaign against education in Nigeria — the group’s name, according to AFP, translates roughly to “Western education is sin.” And so the girls’ return to school is a fitting form of retribution against their former captors.

Read more at Yahoo News.


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