On Sunday, May 7, 82 of the girls captured by Boko Haram in April 2014 were released. Out of the 276 schoolgirls that were originally captured, around 115 remain missing.
The 82 recently released girls are currently in military custody in Banki, Nigeria. In the following days, they will be reunited with their families in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The Nigerian government negotiated with Boko Haram for several months to bring back the girls.
The Nigerian government exchanged six suspected militants of Boko Haram for the girls. The International Committee of the Red Cross was the mediator of the negotiations and ensured that the girls were brought back safely.
Despite the roughly 115 still girls missing, the release of these 82 girls is a major step for the Nigerian government in their war against terror. President Muhammadu Buhari promised the nation that he would bring back every single one of those girls. Now he is 82 girls closer to piecing their families and the nation back together.
(Copyright Caroline Haywood 2017)