Chibok girls freed by Nigeria's Boko Haram risk rejection back home

Chibok girls freed by Nigeria's Boko Haram risk rejection back home

A leader of the Chibok community has said that more than 100 abducted girls don't want to return home from Boko Haram captivity.

There were jubilant scenes in the capital Abuja this week after 21 of the girls were set free, the first successful breakthrough in negotiations between the Nigerian government and the militants, brokered by Switzerland.

Boko Haram terrorists have tabled two conditions to the federal government before they can release 83 more Chibok girls.

He told the Associated Press the 21 Chibok girls freed last week in the first negotiated release between Nigeria's government and Boko Haram should be educated overseas because they will probably face stigma in Nigeria.

About 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a school in northeastern Chibok in April 2014.

During a religious ceremony held in their honour, one of the girls named Gloria Gloria Dame said that they had survived for 40 days without food and that a bomb dropped near them almost hurt them.

The Islamist militants have kidnapped at least 2,000 girls and women since 2014, turning them into cooks, sex slaves and fighters, according to rights group Amnesty International.

He said, "We must bear in mind that all the people held by Boko Haram will face long and hard process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable trauma they have suffered".

"People are also often afraid that the girls have been indoctrinated by Boko Haram and that they pose a threat to their communities".

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In a similar vein, General Ibrahim Babangida has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari applauding him for his commitment that led to the release of 21 Chibok girls.

Bitrus said the latter group of girls were used as domestic workers but were not sexually abused.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to provide intensive support for the 21 released Chibok girls to safeguard their future.

"The girls' report that they have been subjected to rape - frequently in the form of forced marriages - beatings, intimidation and starvation during their captivity".

Chibok is a small and conservative Christian enclave in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria where many parents are involved in translating the Bible into local languages and belong to the Nigerian branch of the Elgin, Illinois-based Church of the Brethren. The source however said that the challenge was that while some of the girls were with the group loyal to ISIS, others where with Abubakar Shekau but expressed optimism in the release of the girls if a meaningful deal is reached. "In the process, 13 soldiers sustained injuries while some are still missing in action", said Usman.

Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency in a bid to create a caliphate in the northeast where a strict interpretation of Islamic laws would be observed.

The Nigerian army, aided by troops from neighboring countries, has, since early past year recaptured most of that territory.

Thousands of other women have been abducted by Boko Haram over recent years and many released.

The extremist group has plagued Nigeria and its neighbours Chad, Niger and Cameroon.