Nigeria’s leader meets 21 schoolgirls, vows to free the rest

Nigeria’s leader meets 21 schoolgirls, vows to free the rest

One of the abducted girls, Amina Ali was found in May 2016.They were released last week following negotiations between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss government.The news comes amid a warning from the Chibok Development Association that more than 100 of the girls seem unwilling to return home, possibly because they have been radicalised or feel ashamed having married members of Boko Haram and have babies. Since this Administration assumed office, we have been working towards the safe release of the girls. “Boko Haram has no power again”.With such large numbers of women and girls having been held by the group, however, the long-term provision of much-needed support remains heavily underfunded.The president spoke while formerly receiving the released 21 out of the over 200 of the girls at the presidential Villa, Abuja.All Nigerian institutions and the freed girls’ communities and families must “stand strong” to “protect them from stigma, ostracization and rejection”, the United Nations special rapporteurs on the sale of children, on slavery and on the right to health said in a statement Tuesday.According Wikipedia, Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon first described in 1973 in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. However, there could be other stuff at work, too. “Those who are still out there, may God bring them back to be reunited with their parents”, one parent said.It goes to show that we still live in a world where a woman’s worth is based entirely on her body: how “spoiled” or “unspoiled” she is, whether or not she’s capable of giving birth, whether or not she is capable of sex or servitude.The girls report they have been subjected to rape – frequently in the form of forced “marriages” – beatings, intimidation and starvation during their captivity. It is now time for them to experience the best.Thankfully, there seems to be hope, too.He assured the girls that their welfare shall be a priority by his government. They’ve treated us as though we were mad but we’re happy that this is partly a vindication of our insanity. We are equally as hopeful as we are praying, that the remaining girls will be freed and returned to us without further delay.

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