A Chibok Girl Kidnapped By Boko Haram Reportedly “Refused To Be Released”
On Saturday (May 6), 82 girls were released from Boko Haram’s captivity. In exchange for the girls’ liberation, the Nigerian government agreed to free five of their prisoners, BBC reports. But despite the trauma that the girls faced, one of the captives decided to remain with the extremists.
According to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, the unidentified woman said, “‘No, I’m happy where I am. I have found a husband,” when forces attempted to free her. BBC adds that officials believe nearly 100 girls are still being held captive by the militant group.
In 2015, the International Business Times stated that a bevy of the girls who’ve been rescued are pregnant. To help their assimilation back into society, counseling services have been put into action.
In a statement published by TIME, United Nations representatives called on Nigeria to protect the mental stability of the freed girls. “The government of Nigeria and other stakeholders must ensure that the services these girls need, including psycho-social and other health services and information on livelihood opportunities, as well as access to remedies, are available. We hope these girls will be soon reunited with their loved ones.”