Chibok leader: 100-plus girls unwilling to leave Boko Haram following mass abduction

Family members celebrate after being reunited with the kidnapped girls during an church survives held in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. The girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria's capital, but it's taken days for the parents to arrive. The families came from the remote northeastern town of Chibok, where nearly 300 girls were kidnapped on April 2014 in a mass abduction that shocked the world. Dozens of schoolgirls escaped in the first few hours but after last week's release, 197 remain captive. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)
Family members celebrate after being reunited with the kidnapped girls during an church survives held in Abuja, Nigeria, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. The girls were released Thursday and flown to Abuja, Nigeria's capital, but it's taken days for the parents to arrive. The families came from the remote northeastern town of Chibok, where nearly 300 girls were kidnapped on April 2014 in a mass abduction that shocked the world. Dozens of schoolgirls escaped in the first few hours but after last week's release, 197 remain captive. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – A Nigerian community leader says the government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction two-and-a-half years ago but more than 100 others appear unwilling to return home.

Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association, told The Associated Press that the unwilling girls may have been radicalized by Boko Haram or are ashamed to return because they have married extremists and have babies.

Bitrus said the 21 Chibok girls freed last week in the first negotiated release between Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram should be educated abroad, because they will probably face stigma in Nigeria.

Some 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a school in northeastern Chibok in April 2014. Dozens escaped early on and a few died in captivity.

 

 

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