Released 21 Chibok Girls, Parents Arrive Aso Villa For Meeting With Buhari
Oct 20 2016
Amina Ali, the first of the Chibok girls to be released from Boko Haram captivity in May, has since been held in a house in Abuja for what the state has called a "restoration process".
They were received instead by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his behalf.
Mr. Buhari said since his administration assumed office, it has been working towards the safe release of the girls. Sadly, about six died in captivity, leaving just over 210 girls remaining.
Meanwhile, 197 of the 276 girls who were abducted are still missing.
"The recently released girls may not be able to access the services they need, including sexual and reproductive health services, information on remedies and livelihoods opportunities", the Special Rapporteurs said.
A group of Boko Haram gunmen invaded Goptari, 10 kilometres from Chibok, late Tuesday and set it on fire after looting food supplies and livestock.
Buhari said: "These dear daughters of ours have seen the worst that the world has to offer". Dozens escaped early on, and another was found in May.
So the remaining girls might not wish to come home to their parents simply because they are either ashamed, or because they fear the response they'll get from their own community, which is heartbreaking.
All Nigerian institutions and the freed girls' communities and families must "stand strong" to "protect them from stigma, ostracization and rejection", the United Nations special rapporteurs on the sale of children, on slavery and on the right to health said in a statement Tuesday.
While the return of these girls is extremely good news, and it's encouraging that officials are so confident about the others still being held, more than 100 of the girls reportedly don't want to be rescued.
UNICEF has partnered up with International Alert, and for the past 10 months, has been providing psychological support to the female victims of Boko Haram's violence, as well as promoting acceptance and addressing negative perceptions that these women and girls endure within the affected communities.
It is unclear what will happen to the freed Chibok girls in the long-term. These 21 girls are the manifestation of our doggedness and commitments to the release and return of the Chibok girls.
According to Ogunlesi, the girls who had spent two and half years as captives of Boko Haram were full of joy. It is now time for them to experience the best. An aid worker had told The Associated Press that he had seen the girls on their release and that all but three carried babies.