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The Nigerian government and Boko Haram are close to a deal on releasing 219 schoolgirls that the radical Islamist group kidnapped five months ago, according to media reports.
The reports said government and Boko Haram representatives had held secret talks sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/world/2014/...-kidnapped-nigerian-girls#AmR6SY5YISEI2Jcj.99
We will see.
Finally, Nigeria's Kidnapped Schoolgirls Are Coming Home | Mother Jones
On Friday, Nigeria's government announced it had reached a deal with Boko Haram to release the approximately 200 schoolgirls held captive by the Islamist terror group since April.
The agreement, announced by the country's defense minister, also involves a cease fire between Boko Haram and Nigeria's military. The government expects the terror group will not back out on the deal. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine," an official with Nigeria's security forces told Reuters Friday. "It is worth taking seriously."
Nigeria: Victims of Abductions Tell Their Stories | Human Rights Watch
Horrific Abuses by Boko Haram, Lack of Government Protection
THE leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group denies agreeing to a cease-fire and says more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls all have converted to Islam and been married off.
In a new video Abubakar Shekau dashed hopes for a prisoner exchange to get the girls released saying, “The issue of the girls is long forgotten because I have long ago married them off,” he said, laughing.
“In this war, there is no going back.”
More at link;
Boko Haram has seized the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, from where 276 girls were kidnapped more than six months ago and which the government vowed to secure after the mass abduction.
The April 14 kidnapping in the impoverished town in southern Borno state brought unprecedented global attention to the armed Islamist group's brutal five-year uprising.
Heads of state and top celebrities joined a viral social media campaign calling for the rescue of the seized, mostly Christian, schoolgirls, 219 of whom are still being held.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has repeatedly promised to rescue the schoolgirls, including on Tuesday when he launched his bid for a second term in office ahead of February 14 polls.
In a July meeting in the capital Abuja with those affected by the kidnapping, Jonathan and top military brass also pledged to provide better security for the town.
But the violence in the northeast has intensified since, with Boko Haram reportedly seizing more than two dozen towns and Nigeria's security forces reportedly absent in many areas.
The military was not immediately available to comment on the developments in Chibok.
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The War Against Boko Haram
Published by VICE News on April 13, 2015
Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northern Nigeria. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the most populous country in Africa.
VICE News traveled to Nigeria to embed with the country's army as it ramped up its fight against Boko Haram, whose rise has caused a state of emergency. As the only journalists on the front line in northern Nigeria, we witnessed the beginning of the largest military insurgency to date.
So many unsung heroes. <3
An Amazing Report!
Nigeria: 1 year after kidnap of girl students, hope dwindles
By Michelle Faul, Associated Press, April 14, 2015
They have been gone a year now, the hundreds of girls abducted by Islamic militants from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. And while the cry to "Bring Back Our Girls" remains a worldwide cause, the country's next leader is not making the promise that his predecessor did — that they will be brought home.
"Never to be forgotten" is the new slogan adopted Tuesday by campaigners, replacing "Bring Back Our Girls — Now and Alive!"
On the first anniversary of the day 276 schoolgirls were snatched in the middle of the night from their boarding school in northeastern Nigeria, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari says he must be honest about the prospects of getting the 219 girls who are still missing back to their families.
"We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown," Buhari said in a statement. "As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them."
Good news, 200 women and girls have been recovered: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...escued-200-girls-93-women-Sambisa-Forest.html
214 Of The 234 Women Rescued From Boko Haram Are Pregnant | Vibe
While it is a blessing that 234 women were recently rescued by the Nigerian army from the trappings of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, it’s alarming that 214 of those women are now pregnant, according to the International Business Times.
The vast number of female victims abducted by the clan were forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight, among many other horrendous things.
But thankfully, these expecting mothers are getting the care they need from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which one of few organizations who cater to the needs of women and girls. According to executive director Babatunde Osotimehin, the UNFPA has cared for more than 16,000 pregnancies in Northern Nigeria in the past year. They are looking to provide additional care for the women freed.
First missing Chibok girl found after 2 years as Boko Haram prisoner | CNN
When Amina Ali Nkeki was kidnapped by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram more than two years ago, she was a mere schoolgirl.
On Tuesday night, she apparently wandered out of a forest, asking for help, accompanied by a baby and a man who claimed to be her husband, according to witnesses.
The man is being investigated by Nigeria's joint intelligence center, according to a military statement.
Amina Ali is the first of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram to be freed after the two years in captivity, Nigerian military officials say.
Military officials and locals gave different accounts of how she was liberated. Nigeria's army said she was rescued by army troops, but a witness told CNN the girl wandered out of the Sambisa Forest in the northeast of the country along with her child and a man.
The Sambisa Forest, believed to be the terrorist group's stronghold, has long been the suspected location of the girls. As many as 276 of them were kidnapped at gunpoint from their boarding school in Chibok in Borno, northeast Nigeria, on April 14, 2014.
At least 57 girls were able to escape soon after their abduction, but more than 200 of them remain missing.
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