5 Boko Haram leaders released in exchange for 82 kidnapped girls

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 07:45

Eighty-two (82) Nigerian school girls were freed this weekend after more than three years in captivity, in exchange for five commanders of the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. 

Dozens of girls have escaped, since their kidnapping in 2014, telling their horror stories, of other girls dying, being married off, becoming pregnant and ill.

One hundred of the 300 kidnapped girls are still unaccounted for.

Though, many are rejoicing over the return of the girls, some Nigerians are on edge, saying they don’t understand how the girls are more important than a whole community which now feels unsafe after the release. 

Boko Haram, which means "Western Education Is Forbidden," was founded almost two decades ago and in recent years declared solidarity with the Islamic State. 

The group continues to attack many villages causing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. 

Source: https://www.usatoday.com