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Chibok girls: Nigerian authorities must now ensure safe return of 1000s of others abducted by Boko Haram

In response to the announcement by the Nigerian government that it secured the release of 82 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram, Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director said:

“The release of 82 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls by the armed group Boko Haram is a big relief. However, it is vital now that they receive adequate physical and psycho-social counselling and support so that they can fully reintegrate in their communities. The government should also respect their privacy and ensure that the released girls are reunited with their families and not kept in lengthy detention and security screening which can only add to their suffering.

“Boko Haram members have executed and tortured thousands of civilians, raped girls and women and forced them into marriage. They have been indoctrinated and even forced to fight for Boko Haram. The Nigerian authorities must now do more to ensure the safe return of the thousands of women and girls, as well as men and boys abducted by Boko Haram.”

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