#BringBackOurGirls: 83 Chibok Students Released by Boko Haram

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari holds the daughter of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirl Amina Ali at her arrival at the presidency in Abuja, Nigeria, on May 19, 2016. (Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images)

Slowly, surely, more of the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram are finding their way out of captivity.

The Associated Press reports that Nigeria’s government confirms that 82 kidnapped Chibok, Nigeria, schoolgirls have been released and are expected to meet President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in the capital, Abuja.

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Buhari’s office tweeted the first official confirmation of the release on Saturday.

The young women have reportedly been released in exchange for jailed Boko Haram members.

The government says the Swiss government and the International Committee of the Red Cross, in addition to various nongovernmental organizations, helped in negotiations with the extremist group.

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In 2014, advocates around the world, including then-first ladyMichelle Obama, rallied for the kidnapped girls with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

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After this latest release, 113 girls remain unaccounted for.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.