Girls rescued in Nigeria from Boko Haram stronghold need psychological care

Global News

LAGOS, Nigeria – Some of the nearly 300 girls and women freed by Nigeria’s military from the forest stronghold of Boko Haram were so transformed by their captivity that they opened fire on their rescuers, and experts said Wednesday they would need intensive psychological treatment.

The military was flying in medical and intelligence teams to evaluate the former captives, many of whom were severely traumatized, said army spokesman Col. Sani Usman.

He said earlier that none of the schoolgirls kidnapped from the northeastern town of Chibok a year ago appeared to be among the 200 girls and 93 women rescued Tuesday. But on Wednesday he said further screening was needed before their identities could be determined.

READ MORE: Nigerian army rescues 200 girls from Boko Haram, none are abducted schoolgirls

“The processing is continuing, it involves a lot of things because most of them are traumatized and you have got…

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