- Title: Newly released 82 Chibok school girls reunite with their families in Abuja
- Date: 20th May 2017
- Summary: ABUJA, NIGERIA (MAY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) MOTHERS AND GIRLS GREETED BY RELEASED CHIBOK GIRL FATHER SEATED WITH RELEASED DAUGHTER (WITH BANDAGED ARM) VARIOUS OF FATHER OF RELEASED GIRL WITH TEARS IN HIS EYES RELEASED GIRL'S HANDS IN PLASTER AND BANDAGE PARENTS AND GIRLS GREETING AND LAUGHING (SOUNDBITE) (English) FATHER OF FORMERLY ABDUCTED GIRL, BULAMA JONAH, SAYING: "I feel very excited, very happy. I cannot overemphasize how I feel. I'm just laughing, clapping my hands, all the family, because of happiness and joy. That, one-I thank God, second-I thank the federal government and I'm pleading to the federal government to try and rescue some of the girls who are still in captivity please and please." VARIOUS OF MOTHER OF RELEASED GIRL SITTING WITH DAUGHTER AND HUGGING AND LAUGHING WITH OTHERS VARIOUS OF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER GOING THROUGH THE LIST OF NAMES WRITTEN ON PIECE OF PAPER VARIOUS OF PARENTS AND DAUGHTERS DANCING TOGETHER GIRLS PLAYING ON DRUMS GIRLS DANCING (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR AT FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, BIDEMI AREMU, SAYING: "The government is doing everything that is possible to intensify negotiations particularly for the release of the remaining, a total of 106 thus far. We believe that others will also come to join in due course." VARIOUS OF RELEASED GIRLS AND MOTHERS DANCING AND HUGGING
- Embargoed: 3rd June 2017 18:48
- Keywords: father of Chibok girl Boko Haram's girls released Chibok girls and parents
- Location: ABUJA, NIGERIA
- City: ABUJA, NIGERIA
- Country: Nigeria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HN7493
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Eighty-two schoolgirls recently released from captivity by the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram were reunited with their families on Saturday (May 20).
There were tears of joy and dancing during the meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, as daughters saw their parents and siblings for the first time in three years.
The girls were released after "lengthy negotiations" in exchange for prisoners, the presidency said, without saying how many Boko Haram suspects had been exchanged or disclosing other details.
The schoolgirls, now young women, were among over 200 female students taken from their school in Chibok in the remote northeastern Borno state, where Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than two million people.
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