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Nigeria schoolgirl missing from Chibok ‘found with baby’

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Boko Haram uses the schoolgirls it holds in propaganda videos

One of the Chibok schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria has been found with a 10-month-old baby son, the military says.

The girl was discovered in Pulka in northern Borno state, spokesman Sani Usman said.

The announcement came nearly a month after another 21 Chibok girls were freed after negotiations with Boko Haram Islamist militants.

More than 270 schoolgirls were seized from the north-eastern town in April 2014, sparking international outrage.

Mr Usman said the latest girl to be found was discovered by soldiers screening escapees from Boko Haram’s base in the Sambisa forest.

Boko Haram has been fighting a long insurgency in its quest for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. The conflict is estimated to have killed more than 30,000 people.

Boko Haram has kidnapped thousands of other people during its seven-year insurgency in northern Nigeria and many people have been made homeless.

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The freeing of 21 girls in October came after talks mediated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss government.

Until then, there had only been one confirmed release of a student kidnapped from Chibok – a 19-year-old woman found by an army-backed vigilante group.
More than 50 managed to escape on the day they were captured.

Officials have promised to find the remaining 200 still being held.

Source: BBC News



Chibok schoolgirls: Group of 21 ‘freed’ in Nigeria

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Nigeria confirms release of 21 Chibok girls

The spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has tweeted confirmation of the Chibok girls’ release:

Twenty-one of the schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria, have been freed, the president’s spokesman has confirmed.

Garba Shehu said the release was “the outcome of negotiations between the administration and Islamist militants”.

The freed students are currently with the security forces.

Boko Haram seized more than 270 students from a school in Chibok, north-east Nigeria – an act that provoked international condemnation.

It also sparked one of the biggest global social media campaigns, with tweeters using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman said on Twitter that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Swiss government had acted as mediators in the talks with Boko Haram.
Mr Shehu added that negotiations were continuing.

The students were released in exchange for four militants, the AFP news agency reports, quoting local sources.

It adds that the 21 schoolgirls were driven to a military base in ICRC vehicles, and the militants were also transported by the ICRC.

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“I can only weep, right now. You know that kind of cry that is a mix of multiple emotions,” Obiageli Ezekwesili, one of the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, has tweeted in response to the news.

The president has also tweeted a reaction saying that he welcomed the release “following successful negotiations”.

Up to now there had only been one confirmed release of a student kidnapped from Chibok.

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After that it was believed that 218 students were still missing. More than 50 managed to escape on the day they were captured.

Boko Haram has also kidnapped thousands of other people during its seven-year insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

More than 30,000 others have been killed, the government says, and hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee from their homes.

Source: BBC News



700 Boko Haram hostages freed in the past week. BBC report:

The Nigerian Military say that in the past week they have destroyed 100 insurgent camps and freed around 700 women and children who were being held captive by Boko Haram.

Footage from the Nigerian Air Force which was passed on to the BBC, shows footage of what appears to be Boko Haram militants fleeing as bombs are dropped from above, as well as women and children escaping.

After a three day journey in an open truck, the women and children eventually reached the safety of a government refugee camp. It was here that some spoke to BBC journalists about their ordeal at the hands of their captors.

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Some of the stories are truly shocking. We thank God for their release and the opportunity they now have to live in freedom once again. But please pray for their physical and psychological healing. Many of the women were in need of urgent medical attention, and thankfully they are now receiving that. But the mental scars may be the most difficult to deal with. Teams are being mobilised to try to help with the psychological trauma. Please pray for wisdom and divine guidance for all those who are now caring for and attempting to facilitate their recovery.

Identification of the women has been taking place and so far it seems that the Chibok girls aren’t among the groups that have been freed in the past week. However, operations are continuing so please continue to pray that all Boko Haram’s captives will soon be free.



Nigerian army frees more women and children from Boko Haram

Nigerian Military says at least 160 children and women rescued from the Sambisa Forest, days after 293 others were freed.

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One woman died and eight others were wounded as nine camps belonging to the Islamist insurgents were destroyed, army spokesman Col Sanu Usman said.

He told the BBC more than 100 men and boys were among more than 160 rescued in operations on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the army said it had freed nearly 300 women and children.

The girls abducted from a school in Chibok in April 2014 were not among them.

Col Usman told the BBC Hausa service that those rescued were being screened to ascertain their mental health and are being kept in an undisclosed secure location.

The eight injured women were in a critical condition, the spokesman said.

In an earlier statement, he said one soldier and several Boko Haram field commanders and foot soldiers had been killed in the fighting and several armoured vehicles, some with anti-aircraft guns, had been destroyed.

In total 13 camps had been destroyed in Sambisa this week, the colonel said.

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The Sambisa forest is said to be a huge area, surrounding a reserve of the same name.

It is not clear if those rescued were kidnapped or were taken hostage from villages taken over by the militants.

A local senator says the women and children are likely to have been residents of the north-eastern nature reserve.

“These are farming communities and most of those left behind in villages are the elderly ones, women and girls because the youth and the strong ones normally have to run or otherwise they will be conscripted into the Boko Haram insurgent group,” Ali Ndume told the BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

He said the Sambisa forest reserve is vast so it was difficult to know how many people were still living in territory controlled by the Islamist militants.

Source: BBC



Nigerian Women rescued from Boko Haram camp

CNN brought some very good news from Nigeria today regarding the rescue of 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest. This report is a great cause for praise and rejoicing. There is uncertainty, however, as to whether the Chibok girls are among those rescued. Some reports are saying that they are not. Either way we should be thankful and take encouragement at this news, but at the same time let’s not stop praying until all the captives have been rescued.

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Let’s encourage one another and above all let’s continue to keep the words of Galatians 6:9 in our minds. “And let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”