Boko Haram's kidnapping of nearly 300 Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria caught the world's attention in 2014. Now, three years later, as most of the world has seemingly forgotten the story, the nightmare has finally ended for some of the families.
The extremist Islamic terrorist group reportedly released 82 of the girls earlier this month.
Kristen Wright, advocacy director for Open Doors USA, has been working closely with the families since the girls were taken and she was excited to hear the latest news. In 2015 she was able to meet in Nigeria with some of the captured girls' fathers, and she remembers one of the conversations she had.
"One of the fathers at that time told me, I wake up every morning and I wonder where she is -- if she's in the hands of Boko Haram, if she's dead, if she's alive," Wright tells OneNewsNow. "And I'm so pleased to tell you that that father was just reunited with his daughter. They embraced for the first time in three years."
In spite of the positive news, Wright knows the girls have a long road ahead to recovery.
"They're going to need the prayers of people around the world," she asserts. "They'll also need trauma counseling. They'll need some serious support to get through this time, sort of re-entry."
The Open Doors spokesperson adds that prayers and advocacy are needed for the remaining girls who are still in Boko Haram's grasp, not to mention the many others who have been kidnapped by the terrorist group.