The United Nation Children’s fund (UNICEF) has expressed delight at the release of the 82 chibok girls and pledge to help them reunite with their parents. The girls were among those abducted by thew Boko Haram insurgency on the 14th of April, 2014.
UNICEF Nigeria Acting Representative Pernile Ironside, in a statement said:
“It is heartening to know that the girls will be returning to their family who have been waiting for this day”.
She said that the freed girls will face a long and difficult process to rebuild their lives after the indescribable horror and trauma they have suffered at the hand of the Boko Haram.
“UNICEF is on standby to support the Nigerian authorities to provide the comprehensive psychological support and other specialized services needed. UNICEF will help reunite the girls and their families and make sure they continue their education in a safe environment” Ironside said.
She went on to state that:
”UNICEF calls on Boko Haram to end all grave violations against children, especially the abduction of children and the sexual abuse and forced marriage of girls.”
UNICEF commended the Federal Government for this important achievement in helping to protect children impacted by the conflict in northeast Nigeria.
According to her, the UN children’s agency remained deeply concerned for the thousands of women and children still held in captivity by Boko Haram.
The UNICEF official said greater efforts must be made to bring them all to safety and back home to their families.
“UNICEF has a comprehensive plan to help children who have been affected by the conflict in the Lake Chad Basin and works with national authorities to support hundreds of children and women who have escaped or been released by Boko Haram. She announced.
“Every child is unique and requires different levels of support, so there is no standard formula or defined time frame for these children to recover. UNICEF is committed to doing whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to help these children recover a sense of normalcy with our available resources,” She concluded.