Freed Chibok Girls Will Go Back To School In September


The schoolgirls released from captivity after being taken by Islamist militants Boko Haram in Chibok, will go back to school in September,Women’s Affairs Minister Aisha Alhassan said.

She said the girls will be ready psychologically. She further said the rehabilitation centre in the capital, Abuja, where some of the girls have been kept, will be closed.

She told journalists that the young women were “stable” and “cheerful” compared to how the 21 freed last year were on their release.

“Their psychological state is better than when these ones [ the 21] came, so I believe between now and September these other ones should be able to stabilise and we will be able to take all of them to school in September,” she said.

“As a lay person, not as a medical doctor, I feel that medically too they are not too bad,” she added.
Ms Alhassan also said the government will continue seeking experts’ advice on the girls’ psychological state.

She said the vocational centre, which was especially set up for the girls’ rehabilitation, will be closed after they leave to resume their education.

Ms Alhassan said girls at the centre had been receiving psychological care and were not “having nightmares anymore”.

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