After spending nearly 3 years of deadly nights, 82 Chibok girls were released by Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which is currently operating in North Eastern part of Nigeria, is known for their brutality on civilians. Even to this day, they continue to hold large swathes of territory in Nigeria.
It was mostly a domestic terrorist organisation, gained international attention after kidnapping nearly 276 girls from a secondary school , in the town of Chibok on Apri,2014. Soon after this incident took place, a large number of powerful people called for Nigerian Government to make efforts for those girls release. It got even more attention after former First-Lady of America, Mitchelle Obama posted a picture of herself with white paper in her hand, stating “#BringBackOurGirls”.
In-spite of Nigerian government best efforts, those girls were not released by Boko Haram at that point of time. Initially a few dozen girls manged to escape, after that in last October Boko Haram released 21 girls. After a weary battle between Boko Haram and Nigerian Government, Boko Haram agreed to release 82 Chibok girls in return for some of their militants, who are currently under Nigerian Government captivity. These girls were scheduled to meet Nigerian president- Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Abuja.
However these girls constitute only a small portion of people, kidnapped by Boko Haram. Still there are lot number of people under their control. In an incident that took place in Damask region, nearly 500 children were abducted by Boko Haram. However this news didn’t get much attention in international media.
Nigerian Government is on the verge of winning the war against Boko Haram, where it already killed its leader Abubakar Shekau.
Nigerian Government thanked Government of Switzerland and International committee of Redcross, for playing a key role in Chibok girls release.