Nigeria’s kidnapped girls rescued, but 214 are pregnant

Nigeria’s kidnapped girls rescued, but 214 are pregnant

A total of 234 Nigerian girls abducted a year ago by Boko Haram terrorists in the country’s north-east have been rescued, but at least 214 of them have been found to be pregnant, local media reports said, quoting an army spokesperson and the United Nations.

However, reports also said that this group is not part of the Chibok girls, whose kidnapping in April 2014 angered and saddened the international community, sparking the Bring Back our Girls global campaign.

Nevertheless, the Nigerian army said last week that it has rescued 234 girls after raiding what looked like training camps, and arresting dozens of terrorist fighters and their local leader.

Unfortunately, a statement released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) confirmed that all but 20 are visibly pregnant.

Some villagers, where the girls come from, have reportedly said that it did not matter whether they were pregnant or not, the good news is that they are back and alive.

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been threatening to marry the girls off to his fighters.

Another group of 293 abducted women and girls is also believed to have been rescued a few days ago by the army, reports from the commercial capital Lagos said this week.

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