News broke Tuesday (April 29) that the Nigerian military had rescued over 200 women and girls from the Sambisa Forest. Officials have now confirmed that the freed captives were not among the girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram from a Chibok school in April 2014.
Nigerian citizens praised the military’s efforts, but were disappointed that the schoolgirls who gained international attention last year remained lost.
Obiageli Ezekwesili, who started the Bring Back Our Girls movement told TIME, “Alas it certainly seems they are not Chibok Girls and that is profoundly heart breaking. Yet, that these girls and women who were also captives of those savages (for God knows how long) can now breathe the air of freedom is certainly victory.”
She called on the Nigerian military to continues its efforts to find the kidnapped girls.
“We can seize on their rescue to add more pressure on our Government to SPARE NO EFFORT in finding our #ChibokGirls and all other abductees,” she wrote.
According to military spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the women and girls rescued yesterday are being screened by officials and have not yet been in contact with their families.
Publication date: April 28, 2015