Nigeria: Freed Chibok girls prepare to return home for Christmas

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A group of 21 Chibok schoolgirls who were set free by militant group Boko Haram in October are preparing to return home after spending two-and-a-half years in captivity. These girls reportedly celebrated their return as a miracle as they geared up to meet their families and celebrate Christmas with them.

Chibok girls freed by Boko Haram

Release of these girls was procured after Switzerland and International Red Cross negotiated for a deal with the militant group. After being set free by Boko Haram these girls were kept in a secret location in Abuja for interrogation by the government authorities. However, the freed girls are now reportedly being taken back to Chibok, to meet their families. These girls will now be able to spend Christmas and New Year with their loved ones.

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These girls were among more than 200 unfortunate schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants back in April 2014. The incident had sparked widespread out cry and outrage. International community including the U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama took part in a campaign #BringBackOurGirls.

One of the freed girls 22-years-old, Asabe Goni, explained that she sees this release as a miracle. She said that she was extremely happy to be able to going home. “I had given up hope of ever going home.” Back at home, her grandmother Ngobiko Mutar said that she was not able to contain her joy as she and the rest of the family members were preparing to welcome her back home. “I didn’t think I would ever see her again,” Mutar said.

Two more captive girls are expected to arrive in Chibok. One of the two girls expected to arrive is Amina Ali, who was located in a forest with a baby while back in May a man also claimed to be her husband. Followed by her discovery, the news of missing Chibok girls grabbed headlines in newspapers. Consequently, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to ensure release of the remaining Chibok girls in captivity.

Two more captive girls are expected to arrive in Chibok. One of the two girls expected to arrive is Amina Ali, who was located in a forest with a baby while back in May a man also claimed to be her husband. Followed by her discovery, the news of missing Chibok girls grabbed headlines in newspapers. Consequently, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to ensure release of the remaining Chibok girls in captivity.

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