21 Chibok schoolgirls released

Church in Chains reports (15 October 2016) that a further 21 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014 were released on October 14 following negotiations involving the Nigerian and Swiss governments and the Islamist insurgents.

The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, informed the press that the girls were in “reasonably good health considering the circumstances they’ve been held in”. He said the girls were under the care of the Red Cross and that the government would be providing accommodation, support, and healthcare for the girls. He also stated that the Nigerian government would sponsor the girls’ education and provide them with jobs.

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