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Thursday 27 July 2017

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls begin rehab after Boko Haram ordeal

Family members celebrate with one of the released schoolgirls in Abuja, Nigeria (Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)
Family members celebrate with one of the released schoolgirls in Abuja, Nigeria (Olamikan Gbemiga/AP)

The 82 young women released by Boko Haram extremists earlier this month are joining those already freed in a special rehabilitation programme, Nigerian officials have said.

Aisha Alhassan, minister of women's affairs and social development, said the women will attend months of remedial studies.

They will have doctors and nurses available to help them heal from the trauma of three years in captivity.

Some have criticised how the freed women have remained in Nigeria's capital instead of rejoining their families. But Ms Alhassan said they are in Abuja "with their full consent".

The young women will not be returning to rural Chibok, where they were abducted from school in 2014. Officials say they will be placed in other schools in September.

Nearly 300 schoolgirls were seized in the mass abduction.

Press Association

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