82 of the 300 Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 Were Released This Weekend

This past weekend, Boko Haram released 82 girls that were kidnapped in April 2014, The New York Times reports.

The girls were among 300 students known as the Chibok Girls, became part of the #BringBackOurGirls movement.

As part of an exchange for their freedom, as many as six Boko Haram detainees were released.

Currently, over 100 girls still remain under Boko Haram’s control, many being forced to marry their captors and work for the group as servants, HelloGiggles reports.

In April, after the initial kidnapping, some escaped and last year as part of an International Red Cross operation, 21 girls were released.

Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian president told the girls on Sunday in his residency:

“I cannot express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom,” after they landed in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He has promised to secure freedom for all the girls, The New York Times reports.

Over the last eight years, Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of people including young women forcing them to endure the same, but Nigeria has given the escaped girls a chance at new life.

A program of the American University of Nigeria, the New Foundation School, has been created specifically for those girls to give them education and freedom that they were barred from when captive by Boko Haram to give them a new perspective on what the future can be.

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