82 Kidnapped Girls Are Released in Nigeria

This week after speaking with the Boko Haram terrorist group, the Nigerian was able to release eighty-two kidnapped schoolgirls that were missing.

According to a government official, the girls are being held under military custody in Banki. The government plans to relocate the girls to Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. There, they will be reunited with their families and given medical checks.

Courtney Forberg, a student at Harborfields High school said, “I think that it is really good that the Nigerian government has freed the kidnapped girls. I can’t imagine how the girls must feel.”

Although 82 girls were freed from Boko Haram, the terrorist group still has 194 teenaged girls that they kidnapped in 2014. The kidnapping from the Chibok boarding school caused an outrage all over the world and sparked the hashtag, “#BringBackOurGirls.”

Yana Galang, a mother of one of the kidnapped schoolgirls said, “ I am very, very excited with this development. I cannot even sleep tonight.” She does not know if her daughter, Rifkatu, is one of the girls that was released, “but we’re very happy that many have been freed. I hope and pray that my daughter is among these released girls.”

Ava Mock