On February 19, 110 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Science and Technical College by the terror group Boko Haram. However, according to CNN.com, 104 of the girls have been released and returned to their hometown of Dapchi, a Nigerian minister said yesterday.
Around 2 a.m., nine cars drove into Dapchi, releasing the girls in the center of the town. According to witnesses, the militants said to onlookers, “We did it out of pity. And don’t ever put your daughters in school again.”
Sadly, six of the girls have not been returned to their homes. Maryam Yerima, one of the girls who was freed, said that five of the schoolgirls died and one is still in captivity. She told DailyTrust.com, “We were fed with dates and wild fruits. Five of us died, while one Christian girl is still in captivity for refusing to denounce her faith.” She also said, “They asked us to strip our school uniforms and they provided us with this yellow hijab. We spent five days on transit before arriving here.”
In a statement, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s foreign minister, said the number of girls released would continue to rise as the “release was ongoing.” The government says no ransoms were paid.
This news comes two day after an Amnesty International report accused the Nigerian military of failing to heed warnings ahead of the kidnappings. The military has called the report an “outright falsehood.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the everyone affected by this tragedy.
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