Dreams Restored: 21 Chibok Girls Freed by Boko Haram

This article was written by Rajas Salpekar, the newest addition to our global ModCon editorial community. 

Together, we rejoice with Chibok!

The infamous terrorist group, Boko Haram, just released 21 of the kidnapped Chibok girls.

The release of the girls, is an outcome of the negotiations between the administration of Boko Haram brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government – Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

The Nigerian government denied any release of prisoners in exchange for these girls.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. The Nigerian government was harshly criticized for not being able to manage associated problems in releasing the girls, and for lack of security issues after this shocking incident.

A Chibok girl, Amina Ali, who was rescued in May, stated that the girls were starved and, thus, resorted to eating raw maize as their only means of sustenance. Some died during confinement, suffered broken legs or were deafened as an unfortunate result of being too close to the frequent terrorist explosions. President Muhammadu Buhari declared Boko Haram as ‘technically defeated’ and said that negotiations are ongoing for the release of the remaining abducted girls held captive by Boko Haram forces.

The ModCon stands with Chibok! #BringBackOurGirls

Video credits: CNN

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