Eye on the world: Freedom from captivity and stigma

In “How Nigeria freed 21 Chibok girls from Boko HaramThe Christian Science Monitor reports “that 21 of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in April 2014 [have] been released to the Nigerian government …. This is believed to be the largest group released by Boko Haram since the girls were initially captured. Nearly 200 of the kidnapped girls, however, are still missing. But the release of so many through negotiation provides a glimmer of hope for the victims’ families.” A remaining obstacle is the social stigma  surrounding the return of the girls still in captivity. In “Boko Haram: Why would 100 Chibok girls want to stay with their captors?” the Monitor writes that “some 100 girls still in captivity say that they want to stay with their extremist captors” because “some in Nigeria fear that militants may have radicalized the girls, compelling them to recruit others to join the group upon returning home.”

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