More Than 100 Chibok Girls Want to Stay With Boko Haram

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MORE than 100 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are not willing to leave their abductors. Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association, was reported to have disclosed. According to Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, Bitrus said some of the 21 Chibok girls who were recently released were embarrassed to return home because they were forced to marry extremists and have their babies. Bitrus, who was involved in the negotiations for the release of the girls said they were comfortable with their current location.

According to Bitrus, the abducted girls told their parents that they were separated into two groups when they were kidnapped and were forced into embracing Islam, or becoming their slaves. They were reported to have been used as domestic workers and porters but were not sexually abused. That group contain the 21 who were released last week and the 83 who the government are negotiating over.

However, the chairman suggested that the 21 girls who were released last week may have to study outside the country because of the stigma the abduction might have caused in their lives. Bitrus who said according to the girls, six girls died during their 30-month captivity added that even girls who escaped two years ago were being educated in the United States. “We would prefer they are taken away from the community and this country because the stigmatisation is going to affect them for the rest of their lives. “Even someone believed to have been abused by Boko Haram would be seen in a bad light,” he said.

However, Amina Ali Nkeki, a Chibok girl, who escaped in May this year has been reunited with the 21 freed girls, who were still being treated by doctors, psychologists and trauma counsellors at a hospital in Abuja.

More than 200 girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014 and have been held since then. In the process, some girls have escaped from their captors while some are still being held by the insurgents. In the early hours of Thursday, October 13, 21 girls were released to the federal government.

—  Oct 19, 2016 @ 13:43 GMT

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