914 days ago, the unpopular village of Chibok in Nigeria brought the world into international worry as 276 girls were kidnapped by terrorist group Boko Haram.
Since their kidnapping, it has been an uphill battle of bringing them back as well as restoring peace and security in the Northern state of Borno State, Nigeria. However, yesterday marked one of the few milestones of bringing back peace, through the release of 21 of the kidnapped schoolgirls being release from Boko Haram capture.
According to The Daily Trust (NG) Brokering the negotiation deal included various forces, including Nigeria’s administration, The Red Cross, local humanitarian NGO based in Maiduguri, Borno State as well as The Swiss Government, as stated by Garba Shehu, the Presidential Spokesman.
The girls arrived and met with their families in Abuja yesterday, and there is promise for more negotiations to release more girls on Monday.
According to Amnesty International, 2000 boys and girls have been kidnapped by Boko Haram since the fateful evening in Chibok. Today Nigeria has freed over 500 women and children from the Sambisa forest in April this year. Furthermore, Two abducted girls from Chibok were rescued in May this year.