Freed Chibok Girls Begin Special Rehabilitation Programme

The Nigerian government has announced that the 82 Chibok girls that were released earlier in the month will start a special rehabilitation programme this week.

Aisha Alhassan, Nigeria’s Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development, said that the girls will join a group of other girls, who have also been freed, in the rehabilitation programme.

The rehabilitation programme, which has been specially designed to meet the needs of the freed girls and to help them process the trauma of being held captive for years, will take place in Nigeria’s capital of Abuja.

Some people have voiced their concern about the girls staying in Abuja and not returning to their families and home town. Alhassan has assured that all the girls attending the rehabilitation programme are there out of their own free will and with the consent of their parents.

Alhassan said that the girls will attend “months of remedial studies” and that there will be various doctors, nurses and psychiatrists on hand in the programme to help the girls.

The government also announced that once the rehabilitation programme is completed, the girls will not return to their schools in Chibok, but will be placed in other schools in September.

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