(The Guardian) — Months of negotiations involving participants across two continents has resulted in a deal in which 82 Chibok schoolgirls—who were seized from their dormitories in April 2014 and held captive for more than three years by the Islamist group Boko Haram—have been released in exchange for five militant leaders.
But joy at their freedom was quickly followed by concern for their privacy and fears that the thousands of other less high-profile prisoners still held captive by the extremists would be forgotten.
The deal was negotiated by Mustapha Zanna, a barrister who is currently the proprietor of an orphanage in Maiduguri, but who was once the lawyer of the late founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf. It also involved the Swiss government and the Red Cross.
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