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In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, an unidentified government official, center, welcomes some of the freed Chibok school girls at the state House in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago were freed Thursday in a swap for detained leaders of the Islamic extremist group — the first release since nearly 300 girls were taken captive in a case that provoked international outrage. (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)

100 or more girls are unwilling to leave their Boko Haram captors. Here's why.


Nigeria's government is working to negotiate the release of 83 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted two and a half years ago, but more than 100 of those abducted are unwilling to leave their Boko Haram captors, a community leader explained. 

Pogu Bitrus of the Chibok Development Association said the girls who are unwilling to leave may have been radicalized by Boko Haram. Bitrus added that others may be too ashamed to return home because many were forced to marry extremists and have children. 

Twenty-one Chibok girls were freed last week. 

Last week's release was the result of negotiations between Nigeria's government and Boko Haram. 

Bitrus said many of the girls who were released should be educated abroad because they will likely face stigma in Nigeria. 

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday that the government is willing to talk to Boko Haram as long as the extremists agree to let organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross be involved. 

Approximately 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the school in northeaster Chibok in April 2014. 

Dozens have escaped but at least half a dozen died in captivity, many of the recently freed girls said. 

Even those who escaped have left Chibok because they were labeled "Boko Haram wives" within their communities. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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