West & Central Africa

21 Chibok Girls: The Scars of Captivity

img_8121Pictures of the released Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram after over 2 years in captivity, show emaciated and traumatised girls whose shoulder and collar bone tell stories of starvation indicating  the horrific life the girls must have experienced in captivity. One of the girls, who cried as she met Vice president Osinbajo, was carrying a babyborn in captivity. The state of the girls can be an indication that the Islamic terrorist Jihadi group is finding it difficult to sustain its campaign in the manner it started in 2009.

Boko Haram abducted 256 girls abducted by Boko Haram from their hostels at night on the 14th April 2014 chibok-girls-freefrom which the Islamic terror group released 21 after a negotiation brokered by the International Red Cross and the Swiss government. The Nigerian government denies any prisoner swap or money was given for the girls. However, the last video released by Boko Haram said the girls will only be released only when “if you want your girls, bring back our ‘brothers” Abubakar Shekau said in the video. It is estimated that Boko Haram still holds hundreds of other women and girls as ‘wives’. They are used as cooks and domestics servants by the fighting terrorists as well as sex slaves.

The Chibok girls, who met with the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, looks tired and famished. The Vice president said the girls will be given medical attention and then be reunited with their parents on Friday. Osinbajo assured the girls that, “We are also going to see to it that everything that you require going forward, perhaps your education, those who need to go back to school, those who need to find employment, we are going to make that we make all the provisions for you.”