More than a hundred women kidnapped in 2014 by Boko Haram militants are finally preparing to return home to the northern Nigerian town of Chibok, after undergoing physical and mental health care by the government. Pascale Davies reports.
Nigeria's Chibok girls- once kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram, now celebrating their freedom. A hundred and six of them have been staying in a government owned facility, where they've received psychological and medical care. They will finally join their families, after sitting down to a so called "send forth" dinner hosted by Nigeria's ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. The organisation hopes the girls will soon be joined by the 48 remaining captives. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MINISTER OF WOMEN AFFAIRS AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, JUMMAI ALHASSAN, SAYING: "Negotiations are still on, still going on very seriously, the government had never relented in the negotiations since the release of the 82 in May. The government is continuing and we see light at the end of the tunnel, by the grace of God, and very soon, by the grace of God, we will have our daughters, the remaining daughters back," Two hundred seventy girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram back in 2014. Eighty two were freed in May after mediation by the government - and another 24 were released or found last year. Boko Haram's seven year insurgency has spread fear across the country. The militant group has killed over 15,000 people, and displaced at least 2 million others, in a bid to create an islamic caliphate in northeastern Nigeria.