AMC expresses relief & delight at the release of the 21 girls by Boko Haram #BringBackOurGirls

The AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC) wants to express relief and delight at the release of the 21 girls by Boko Haram to the Nigerian government.

According to the Nigerian government, the schoolgirls were handed to the authorities after a series of negotiations, in the first mass release of any of the more than 200 girls and women kidnapped from their school two years ago. A source close to the negotiations said the 21 were freed before dawn in the northeastern Nigerian town of Banki, near the border with Cameroon. They are said to have been among the 276 girls and women, ages 16 to 18, that Boko Haram militants abducted in the middle of the night at a boarding school in Chibok in April 2014, spurring a global outrage.

As many as 57 girls escaped almost immediately in 2014, and one was found this spring. About 200 girls still remain unaccounted for after their release. AMC - through its local contacts in Nigeria, and other CSOs - have been vocal in their calls for the release of the abducted girls.

AMC and indeed the entire global community are anxious to see the Nigerian government expedite actions that would hasten the release of the other girls who still continue to suffer wide ranging deprivations and abuses where they are being kept by Boko Haram.