82 Chibok Girls Reunited With Their Families After More Than 3 Years

In an emotional reunion, 82 of the Chibok girls hugged their families for the first time since they were abducted by Boko Haram militants in 2014. The girls will remain in government care for now.
The recently released Chibok girls reunited with their families amidst laughter and tears in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Still, 113 girls are being held by Boko Haram militants. / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

After more than three years in captivity, 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls have been reunited with their families amid tears, laughter, music and dancing. On an emotional day in the Nigerian capital city, Abuja, the young women and their parents wept as they embraced.

Some groups sank to their knees, giving praise and praying.

"Today I thank God, my daughter is alive," Yahi

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