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Nigerian cardinal sees hope for release of kidnapped girls

May 20, 2016

Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan sees the liberation of two of the 219 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 as a hopeful sign, suggesting that the country's military is finally making inroads against the terrorist group.

"The question we must ask ourselves is: they were abducted two years ago; why haven't we found them yet?" the cardinal said, referring to the girls who were seized from the town of Chibok in April 2014. He answered his own question, saying that "Boko Haram hides them more carefully" because of their propaganda value. The fact that a few girls have been freed might indicate that "finally the organization of Boko Haram is collapsing," he said.

Cardinal Onaiyekan said that he remains profoundly concerned about "the health of these poor girls who have suffered profound violence." 

 
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