Nigeria's Dapchi Girls Defy Boko Haram, Return to School

The Dapchi girls' secondary school has reopened its doors, nearly three months after it was attacked and 109 students kidnapped by Boko Haram militants. The schoolgirls were later freed by their captors, but were warned not to return to school and pursue any education. Despite the relief of getting their children back, many of the parents are grappling with tough choices - do they send their daughters back to school, is it safe? VOA's Chika Oduah reports from Dapchi.

The students of the Dapchi girls school relax and hang out in their dorm room on a Saturday.


Dapchi school students Rachel David and Rakiyah Audu fled together into the bushes when Boko Haram insurgents invaded their school. Both of them chose to return to school.

Adama Abdulkarim, the principal of the Dapchi Girls School said she's frustrated because some of the parents do not want their daughters to resume classes. She said the government should intervene to calm fears.

The Dapchi schoolgirls gather for morning assembly on the first day back to school after the February abduction.


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