Extremist group Boko Haram from Nigeria was released from captivity 21 the girl who had been abducted two years ago from the town of Chibok. As reported by The New Arab, citing official sources, former Schoolgirls were released under a prisoner by the Nigerian government agreement with the militants to free the captives.
Information about the release was also confirmed by the International Committee of the red cross. “We confirm that the 21 captive in Chiboka of the missing girls had been freed. They are in state centers,” – said the press Secretary of the President, Garba Shehu.
The release of the girls, he said, is the result of negotiations between Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram at “the mediation of the International red cross and the Swiss government.” According to Shehu, “the negotiations will continue”.
As the newspaper notes, citing local sources, in exchange for girls was released four militants of Boko Haram who were incarcerated in Banks in the North-East of Nigeria. The exchange occurred with vehicles of the red cross.
The mass kidnapping occurred in April 2014, when militants seized 276 girls, mostly from Christian families, from the state secondary school in Chiboka. Dozens of the students managed to escape on the same day – they jumped out of the trucks, which take them terrorists.
In August of this year, the extremist group has released a video with the participation of the abducted Schoolgirls: video dozens of girls requested the authorities to fulfill the terrorists ‘ demands. The militants claimed that some Schoolgirls were killed during air raids by government forces. It was assumed that at the time of 219 girls were still hostage.
One of the girls appeared in the video sitting with a small child, which indirectly confirms the reports that some of the captured Schoolgirls were raped and “married” for the militants. After the abduction of 276 Schoolgirls in social networks and the world’s media was launched the campaign #BringBackOurGirls (“Bring back our girls”), which was attended by first lady Michelle Obama and other celebrities.
The fight against Boko Haram
Boko Haram, the radical Islamist group focused on the establishment of Sharia law in the controlled area. Its name translates from the Hausa language as “Western education is a sin”. The militant group fighting mainly against the secular educational institutions and Christian communities.
In March and April this year the Nigerian military managed to release more than a thousand hostages of the group. It is worth noting that many women rescued from sexual slavery, nowhere to go – their homes and villages were burned to the ground. While they are housed in temporary camps for displaced persons, where under the supervision of the armed men, doubting the loyalty of the former hostages, the media wrote. Other inhabitants of the camp shunned these women and, according to the testimony of the victims themselves, often insulting them.
Authorities say that they have a good reason not to trust the former hostages. Last year, 39 of the 89 attacks were committed by women-suicide bombers who blew himself up. 21 of them girls under the age of 18. It is assumed that many of the women were abducted from their villages and turned into terrorists.
In may last year, the Nigerian authorities have managed to free nearly 300 women and children taken captive by militants “Boko Haram”. Among the released 200 girls and 93 women were not those who were kidnapped from a secondary school in the village of Chibok.