At least eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls who were seized three years ago by Boko Haram militant group have been freed, Nigerian government announced on Sunday.
This was the second group release of the schoolgirls.
The government announced that the Chibok schoolgirls were freed in exchange for detained suspects with the extremist group.
Back in October, the Nigerian government announced that 21 girls had been freed after negotiations with Boko Haram, adding that another group of 83 would be released very soon.
Still nearly 100 of the 300 girls who were abducted three years ago remain captive. Over the years, thousands of people have been abducted by the terrorist group.
“This is a very, very exciting news for us that we have over 80 of our girls coming back again,” Bukky Shonibare with the #BringBackOurGirls campaign told Sky TV.
“Their life in captivity has been one that depicts suffering, it depicts the fact that they have been starved, abused, and as we have seen before some of those girls have come back with children, and some of them have also come back with news of how they have been sexually abused.”
Many of the abducted girls, most of them Christians, were forced to marry their captors without ever knowing if they would see their parents again.