21 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram returned to their families

21 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram returned to their familiesOn Sunday a group of Nigerian families were finally reunited with 21 girls released last week by Boko Haram, the Islamic militant movement, the Guardian reports.

The abduction of nearly 300 female students from a government secondary school in the remote town of Chibok, in the north-east Nigeria in April 2014 prompted a global outcry, and an international campaign to #BringBackOurGirls, backed by celebrities including Michelle Obama.

The girls were released very early on Thursday morning and flown to the capital, Abuja, where they received medical attention and trauma counselling. Tsambido Abana, a Chibok community leader in the city, said some are “emaciated” from hunger.

However, their families, travelling from Chibok, faced 500 miles of driving over potholed roads, with the trip slowed by military checkpoints and the danger of attacks by insurgents. They embraced their children in emotional scenes amid singing and dancing at a church service in the capital on Sunday morning.

The release has been celebrated throughout Nigeria.
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