The Girls are Back

The Girls are Back

Samantha Miranda Espinoza, Editor

In 2014, over 200 Chibok girls were taken from schools by the Boko Haram activist group in Nigeria. After two long years of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, the girls have finally been released.

After the abduction of the girls, the #BringBackOurGirls movement was started, one of its main supporters being Michelle Obama.

21 of the Chibok Girls were released on Thursday, Oct. 13 after a negotiation in which, “the government handed over four imprisoned militants as part of the deal,” reported the International Business Times.

Although this has been the only negotiation resulting in the liberation of the Chibok girls, the NY Times has reported that, “For more than a year, the Nigerian government has negotiated with Boko Haram to get the girls back. But the talks fell apart multiple times, in one case at the last minute, after the president had agreed to free imprisoned Boko Haram fighters.”

The New York Times reported that, “Boko Haram, the radical Islamist group that has killed thousands of civilians, overrun villages and terrorized the region, and seized the girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014.

According to NBC, “the liberation of the so called ‘Chibok Girls’ […] came after negotiations between the Boko Haram said Mallam Garba Sehu, a Nigerian government spokesperson.”

Boko Haram, “has kidnapped more than 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of last year, many of whom were forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight,” according to the International Business Times.

The International Business Times also reported that 234 of the 274 girls that were captured have been released and 234 were released with 214 of them were discovered to be visibly pregnant. “The former hostages also face severe psychological trauma after spending days, weeks and months in captivity,” the report said.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo told New York Times that there will be support provided for the liberated Chibok girls as,  “we can imagine what they’ve gone through,” he said. “So much needs to be done to get them back to living a normal life after so much trauma in captivity.”

Currently, families are rejoicing after being reunited, and the Nigerian Government is still working on negotiations in order to achieve liberation for the remaining captives.