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JOY AT LAST AS FREED CHIBOK GIRLS SET TO REUNITE WITH PARENTS NEXT WEEK

According to Nigeria's minister for women affairs,82 chibok girls who were set free after being held captive for more than three years by Boko Haram will be reunited with their parents next week after much criticism from campaign groups and families for keeping the previously released girls away from their parents.

Aisha Alhassan has made known to the public that students' parents will travel from the remote northeastern town in Born state to meet their daughters in the capital,Abuja.


   
In a statement made by Aisha Alhassan she stated that,

Any parent that identifies their children will be reunited with them by next week also stating that same orders have been given to AFP at the staff quarters of the Department of State Services

The 82 released chibok girls have been residing at the domestic intelligence agency facility on the outskirts of the city since their release in a prisoner swap deal on Saturday after months of negotiations.

First Lady Aisha Buhari,whose husband President Muhammadu Buhari was elected on a pledge to defeat Boko Haram,also met some of the chibok girls on Wednesday as the girl were adorned in colourful traditional ankara print dresses,sang songs and danced in front of the cameras.
     
The women's minister also said the recently released 82 girls would be reunited at another facility in the capital with 24 of their classmates who were released or found last year and would also receive 'psycho-social therapy' and 'skill acquisition training' to help them reintegrate into society. She also stated that the government's goal is to have all girls back in school at the start of the new academic year without specifying where.

Meanwhile Information minister Lai Mohammed indicated that talks with Boko haram in respect to the release of the remaining 113 girls has been put in action and could pave way for a possible end to the conflict.

We are looking beyond the release of these girls. We are looking at something much more comprehensive,which is the cessation of all hostilities in the country,he said.
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