We welcome the release of 21 Chibok schoolgirls who were captured by Boko Haram.
To help them deal with the trauma and violence they have endured whilst under captivity, we have prepositioned counsellors to provide urgent psychosocial support to the girls and reproductive health care for those who need it.
Since our initial humanitarian response to the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014, we have provided psychosocial support to more than 174,000 survivors. Today, we call for and anticipate the release of more abducted girls and stand ready to continue working with governments and other partners to immediately meet their reproductive health needs, including psychosocial support and counseling.
Photo: A survivor of the Boko Haram insurgency and beneficiary of UNFPA psychosocial counseling in north-eastern Nigeria. © UNFPA/Shahina Ali