# Bokoharam

Freed Nigerian Schoolgirls Reunite With Their Families After 3 Years

May 20, 2017
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(ABUJA, Nigeria) — The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity reunited with their families Saturday as anxious parents looked for signs of how deeply the extremists had changed their daughters' lives.

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Boko Haram releases 82 of Chibok schoolgirls, say Nigerian officials

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One of the girls released in October 2016 with family members in Abuja; it was believed that 195 girls were still being held captive before the latest release. Photograph: Olamikan Gbemiga/AP
Saturday 6 May 2017 23.48 BST First published on Saturday 6 May 2017 22.54 BST
Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls seized three years ago by Boko Haram have been freed in exchange for detained suspects with the extremist group, Nigeria’s government announced early on Sunday, in the largest release negotiated yet in the battle to save nearly 300 girls whose mass abduction exposed the mounting threat posed by the Islamic State-linked fighters.

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