Nigeria Chibok girls: Parents learning if daughters among those freed

Dad and mom of the lacking Chibok ladies are slowly studying if their daughters are among the many 82 freed by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria two days in the past.

The ladies’ names had been placed on Twitter by the president’s workplace on Sunday. They had been flown to the capital Abuja.

However in Chibok, their house area in north-eastern Nigeria, not everybody has entry to the social media website.

It’s unclear if the federal government has made different makes an attempt to allow them to know if their daughters at the moment are protected.

On Monday, folks had been checking the newspapers to see who was on the record and resolve whether or not to make the journey to Abuja, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Even mother and father in Abuja – the place the 82 ladies had been flown with the intention to meet President Muhammadu Buhari earlier than he left the country for medical treatment – had been ready to see if they’d be reunited with their daughters.

Esther Yakubu informed the BBC the final three years had been a “horrible nightmare” however that even the potential for her daughter having been rescued was giving her hope.

“Whether or not she is among the many freed ones or not, I’m very completely satisfied,” she mentioned. “We began this 12 months with 24 [returned girls] and now we’ve 106. It’s a giant quantity, and we’ve hope that, if they’re alive, they are going to come again.

“I’ve by no means been completely satisfied in my life like right now. I’m a mom. I settle for any youngster that’s again. My child can be again quickly, if she is amongst them or if she is not.”

It’s being reported that the women had been handed over on Saturday in change for 5 Boko Haram suspects after negotiations – a deal which has been criticised by the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

In an announcement, the PDP faction mentioned the change had allowed terrorists to flee punishment and would embolden them to hold out additional kidnappings, whereas the “piecemeal” launch of the women meant they nonetheless held bargaining chips.

However in accordance with lawyer Zannah Mustapha, who has acted as a mediator between the Nigerian authorities and the extremists, a number of the ladies rejected the chance to return house. Precisely what their motivations are stays unclear, however there may be hypothesis they might have been radicalised, or are too ashamed to return.

“Some ladies refused to return… I’ve by no means talked to one of many ladies about their causes,” Mr Mustapha informed Reuters information company.

Boko Haram is believed to nonetheless be holding greater than 100 of the unique 276 ladies taken from a college in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014.

They’re removed from the one folks kidnapped by the extremist group. Amnesty International has recorded 41 circumstances of mass abductions within the final three years. It places the variety of girls and kids kidnapped at at the least 2,000.

For these mother and father receiving excellent news within the coming days, the wait will not be over.

Not one of the 21 ladies who had been launched in October have been in a position to transfer again house, and practically seven months later they’re nonetheless being held on a army re-integration programme.

They did return to Chibok at Christmas time final 12 months, however they had been held in the home of an area politician and the households needed to go there to see them.

The 82 launched in Could had been despatched to a secret location in Abuja after assembly the president.

There are additionally considerations that these ladies who return to their communities could have hassle reintegrating.

One lady, Zara, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram, although not from Chibok, informed the BBC how she was stigmatised on her return as a result of she was pregnant. She was referred to as a Boko Haram bride and was shunned.

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