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Nigeria: Joy as Chibok girls reunited with their families
23 May 2017
The 82 Chibok girls freed from Nigeria's Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families.
Their parents travelled by bus through the night to meet their daughters, who are being looked after by security services in the capital, Abuja.
Film of the reunion shows the joyful scenes of celebration, with music and dance, and the girls racing towards their parents.
'The town of unbelief'
At the same time, there are reports that one of the girls refused to leave. Boko Haram released a three-minute video featuring a girl dressed in a veil and holding a gun. When asked by a man in the background why she doesn't want to go back home to her parents, she replies: "The reason is that they live in the town of unbelief. We want them to accept Islam".
Also, the Chibok girls represent only a fraction of the women captured by the militant group, estimates for which number in the thousands.
Thank you for your prayers: please continue to pray.
- That the remaining Chibok girls in captivity would soon be released
- That those women and girls who have been manipulated and coerced by Boko Haram would be freed
- For courage and protection for the many other women and children who have been kidnapped.
More News from Nigeria:
- Boko Haram claims schoolgirls refused to leave; Girl (14) abducted for suicide mission
- 82 Chibok girls released - including Grace
- 12 killed in Easter Sunday attack
- Over 200 Chibok girls still missing three years after abduction
- Ten new medical clinics bring life-saving care to Christians
Find out more about persecution in Nigeria.