100 Chibok girls unwilling to return home, says Community leader

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Pogu Bitrus, Chairman of the Chibok Development Association, has disclosed that more than 100 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls are not willing to leave their captors.

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According to newsmen , Bitrus, who involved in the negotiations to obtain the release of the girls said they were comfortable with their current location.

21 of the girls were released last week.

He was quoted as saying that they were ashamed to return home because they were forced to marry extremists and had their babies.

According to the community leader, the girls told their parents that they were separated into two groups earlier on in their captivity and given the choice of joining the extremists and embracing Islam, or becoming their slaves.

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Mr. Bitrus said they were used as domestic workers and porters but were not sexually abused. That group contains the 21 who were released last week and the 83 who the government said it was negotiating their freedom.

He said the 21 girls freed last week might have to be educated abroad because of the stigma they will face in Nigeria, adding that six more died during their 30-month captivity, according to the girls.

The chairman said many of those who escaped two years ago were taunted as ‘Boko Haram wives’ by people in Chibok and had moved away. At least 20 were being educated in the United States.

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“We would prefer they are taken away from the community and this country because the stigmatisation is going to affect them for the rest of their lives.

“Even someone believed to have been abused by Boko Haram would be seen in a bad light,” he said.

One Chibok girl, Amina Ali Nkeki, escaped in May this year.

Yakubu Nkeki, Chairman of the Chibok Parents’ Association, said Amina has been reunited with the 21 freed girls, who were still being treated by doctors, psychologists and trauma counselors at a hospital in Abuja.

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