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Chibok Girls: Nigerian Govt Must Ensure Privacy – Amnesty International

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Amnesty International on Sunday reacted to the release of 82 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram, with a call on the Nigerian government to ensure their privacy.

The girls are among the over 270 secondary school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 as they prepared to write their final exams.

21 of them were earlier released last October after negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

Also, 2 other girls were found separately, in addition to those who escaped on the night of their abduction.

Osai Ojigho, Amnesty International’s Nigeria Director said: “The release of 82 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls by the armed group Boko Haram is a big relief”.

“However, it is vital now that they receive adequate physical and psychosocial counselling and support so that they can fully reintegrate in their communities.

“The government should also respect their privacy and ensure that the released girls are reunited with their families and not kept in lengthy detention and security screening which can only add to their suffering and plight.

“Boko Haram members have executed and tortured thousands of civilians and raped and forced into marriage girls and women. They have been indoctrinated and even forced to fight for Boko Haram.

“The Nigerian authorities must now do more to ensure the safe return of the thousands of women and girls, as well as men and boys abducted by Boko Haram.”


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