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“It’s like another imprisonment” – Family of Released Chibok Girls Lament lack of access to their Children | WATCH



82 of Nigeria’s Chibok schoolgirls are free thanks to a prisoner swap between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram. The release is the biggest since the armed group swarmed a school in northern Nigeria in April 2014, kidnapping 276 girls.

But the ordeal is not over for the freed girls and their families, according to Peter Joseph, the uncle of one of the 21 schoolgirls released by Boko Haram in October 2016.

More than six months later, his niece, Sarah, is still in a government rehabilitation camp where the girls rarely see their families. “We were very happy to learn of the news that she was released,” he told The Stream. “But we are not very much impressed with the way the government is handling the whole rehabilitation process.”

Since her release, he’s only seen his niece once, when he traveled to Chibok last December. Even then, he says there were set time limits on visits, and many topics – like her experience as a prisoner – were off limits. He calls her often, but says she is only allowed to talk for two-three minutes before being cut off. He says his niece has told him that “only females can sneak in to see them sometimes but males are not allowed into the compound.”

“Nobody is allowed to see them,” he says. “So it’s like another imprisonment, but this one has to do with the government.”

Peter’s sister Elizabeth is still being held by Boko Haram.

The Stream also discussed the dangers of isolation; what rehabilitation means in this situation; and whether the ‘Chibok girls’ have become too famous to ever truly be free.



  1. Nerve

    May 13, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Buhari’s govt does not want the girls to talk! They were never kidnapped by Boko Haram. The missing girls have been warehoused somewhere being fed. Shame on Buhari and his blood sucking monsters. One day, one day the truth will be in the open.

    • Ama

      May 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      How retarded!!!

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

      @Ama. Welcome to BN. ???

    • Nerve

      May 13, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      @Ama your comment is retarded I reckon? This is a free platform and you @a real Nigerian you are not trolling today? Surprise, surprise. You are learning good behaviour I see.

    • Fizzy

      May 13, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Boko Haram did not take those girls. Nothing can be hidden forever

    • Google user

      May 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      @nerve is not during buhari government they capture this girl’s is during Jonathan government so buhari don’t no anything about this pls leave this man alone if you don’t want to say good things about buhari just keep quit.

    • Mtseeeew

      May 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      @Google user, come back after you have learnt to write in English language. Your English is baaad. I have an assignment for you. Look up the meaning of the word opposition.

  2. The Real Oma

    May 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Why are they not allowed free access to their family members? Common on, they have been separated for so long!

  3. Ijebujesha

    May 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    These guys are in for serious long-haul manouevering over this chibok girls scam. For how long can they keep the girls in isolation to brainwash or threaten them? Eventually one or more of the girls will spill the beans publicly.I just pray that they don’t tamper with their brains with chemicals so as to make them forget past events. Northen Nigerian muslims will go to any lenght to win the Nigerian Presidency. The Chibok girls saga is a testament to that fact.

  4. Google user

    May 13, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    @Ijebujesha why are you saying muslim? This is not about Muslim is about evil rubbish man.

  5. Ijebujesha

    May 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    @Googleuser. You are not more muslim than I am. I am muslim and not ev the muslim only by name type-Ma-n-sha Allah but truth is we all know that the evil desperation for political power in the North excludes their christians. It is only fair and just to make that distinction and not to lump them up together as ‘Northerners’.

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