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Nigeria: Families celebrate as 21 Chibok girls are released by Boko Haram

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Nigerian schoolgirls reunite with their families, following two and a half years in captivity

The  group of twenty-one girls had been kidnapped along with more than 200 other female students from a government secondary school in the remote town of Chibok, Borno State  in April 2014.

The girls will now receive medical attention in the capital, Abuja. Eleanor Nwadinobi, SDDirect’s  Senior Associate  at the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme, said the girls will now undergo treatment which must be tailored to individual needs, including trauma counselling and health and nutritional requirements. "It is important that they are not attended to in isolation," she told Al Jazeera. "They will need individual attention as the needs of one girl will differ from the other."

The deal for the release of the girls was brokered by the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross, alongside the Nigerian Government. 

 

Photo credit: AP