Nige­ria’s Chi­bok girls be­gin re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in cap­i­tal

Cape Breton Post - - News | World -

ABUJA, Nige­ria — Nige­rian of­fi­cials say the 82 young women re­leased by Boko Haram ex­trem­ists this month are now join­ing those al­ready freed in a spe­cial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram. Aisha Al­has­san, min­is­ter of women’s af­fairs and so­cial devel­op­ment, said Tues­day that the women will at­tend months of re­me­dial stud­ies. They will have doc­tors and nurses avail­able to help them heal from the trauma of three years in cap­tiv­ity. Some have crit­i­cized how the freed women have re­mained in Nige­ria’s cap­i­tal in­stead of re­join­ing their fam­i­lies. But Al­has­san says they are in Abuja “with their full con­sent.”

The young women will not be re­turn­ing to rural Chi­bok, where they were ab­ducted from school in 2014. Of­fi­cials say they will be placed in other schools in Septem­ber. Nearly 300 school­girls were seized in the mass ab­duc­tion.

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