Nearly 70 Students Regained Their Freedom in Northern Nigeria
WARNING: This article contains details about the abduction of children.
Just about 70 students who were abducted from school in northern Nigeria have been freed after two weeks in captivity. Just about 70 students who were abducted from school in northern Nigeria have been freed after two weeks in captivity.
Students from the Government Day Secondary School were reunited with their families after some of the gunmen decided to help. On September 1, armed men entered the school and caused the government to shut down all primary and secondary school in Zamfara state, AP News reported.
Officials have reported that 73 students were kidnapped and five were rescued 24 hours later.
According to UNICEF, since 2013, more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria. This includes 276 girls who were taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014.
“The four-year anniversary of the Chibok abduction reminds us that children in northeastern Nigeria continue to come under attack at a shocking scale,” said UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Mohamed Malick Fall. “They are consistently targeted and exposed to brutal violence in their homes, schools and public places.”
Officials believe the abductions occur by bandits who are possibly motivated by the ransoms paid in exchange for the children’s freedom. Yet, some students who have been held captive by the bandits say they were threatened to not go back to school when they are let free.