Boko Haram Frees 21 Girls & Their Family Reunions Will Move You to Tears

21 Kidnapped Nigerian girls were freed

In April 2014, the world stood in horror after hearing news that the Boko Haram terrorist group kidnapped 276 young women from a boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria. This unfathomable act sparked an international outcry that inspired a rallying call to #BringBackOurGirls and relentless efforts to free those abducted. Now we celebrate the safe return of 21 kidnapped Chibok girls that makes us hopeful more will be freed and reunited with their loved ones.

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There are likely no words to describe the fear these families of the missing have experienced over the past two years. To see them reunited -- and shedding tears of joy as they embrace their once lost loved ones -- is moving beyond words and will make you hug your children a little tighter.

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21 Kidnapped Nigerian girls were freed

21 Kidnapped Nigerian girls were freed

It's reported the the International Committee of the Red Cross and Swiss government helped oversee the deal between the Nigerian government and now ISIS-pledged militant group Boko Haram that allowed these young ladies to come home. 

These 21 Nigerian girls join the 57 young women who escaped from Boko Haram months after their capture.

When I heard about the safe return of 21 Chibok girls, all I could do was stop, take pause, and give thanks. I'm so overjoyed for these girls, their families, and reports that Boko Haram is ready to release more kidnapped girls -- as many as 83 -- in what will hopefully be the near future.

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As a mother of 2- and 1-year-old kids, I feel like my mind will not allow me to compute any situation that involves my children being ripped away from me. My heart truly breaks for the young women who were kidnapped and their loved ones.

To even think about what these ladies faced -- including forced marriage and sexual slavery -- makes me weep. (I also think about the 10,000 boys Boko Haram abducted for their army.) No one should ever have to endure something like this in life -- or live in fear a family member will be taken from their arms ... period.

It takes a village to raise a child, and we are an international community of mothers, sisters, aunts, and nieces who remain optimistic that the remaining girls who are still being held by Boko Haram will safely come home.

We celebrate your victory from afar and will continue to keep your families close to our hearts.

#BringBackOurGirls

 

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