Released "Chibok girls" have “uphill road to climb” to reintegrate

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After more than two years of being held hostage by Boko Haram, in northeast Nigeria, one of the Chibok girls recounts the horrific conditions they experienced. Photo: UNICEF Nigeria

The 82 girls from Chibok, Nigeria, recently released by the Boko Haram terrorist group, have an "uphill road to climb" reintegrating into society, a UN expert has warned.

Urmila Bhoola, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery expressed deep concern about the plight of the 115 girls who remain in captivity.

In 2014, close to 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped in north-east Nigeria, where government forces have been battling a Boko Haram insurgency for the past six years.

The UN has called for continued global support for the country's efforts to release, rehabilitate and reintegrate all of Boko Haram victims – even as those who have regained their freedom struggle to regain their lives.

Liz Scaffidi spoke to Ms. Bhoola by phone from South Africa.

She described how the newly-released schoolgirls were.

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