21 Freed Chibok Girls Reunited With Families

 One of the freed Chibok girls celebrates with family members during a church service in Abuja, Nigeria, Oct. 16, 2016. Twenty-one girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria's capital, but it's taken days for relatives to arrives

One of the freed Chibok girls celebrates with family members during a church service in Abuja, Nigeria, Oct. 16, 2016. Twenty-one girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, but it’s taken days for relatives to arrives

A group of Nigerian parents was reunited Sunday with 21 schoolgirls kidnapped by militants more than two years ago.

Nearly 300 girls were taken from their school in 2014 in Chibok in northeastern Borno state, where Boko Haram has waged a seven-year insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic state, killing thousands and displacing more than 2 million people.

Last week, the rebels released 21 girls in the first negotiated release brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government.

The girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, but it took days for the parents to arrive from their remote region.

One of the freed girls was Rebecca Mallam. “I want to thank everyone for this wonderful thing they have done. I never imagined that I would ever see my parents again, but God has helped me see them so I want to say ‘thank you’ and ‘may God comfort all of us,’” she said.

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.