MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — For three grueling years Pogu and Yana Galang have waited, desperate for their daughters to return home.
The three girls were among nearly 300 female students kidnapped on April 15, 2014, when members of Boko Haram stormed their boarding school in the village of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria during the week of final exams.
The Galangs have parsed numerous rumors and government statements about the captive girls’ well-being. They spotted one daughter, Saratu Ayuba, in images of the hostages that have trickled out from the militants’ hide-outs.
When one of the girls from Chibok was found roaming in the forest last year, and a few weeks later, in October, when a group of 21 girls was released, the Galangs listened intently for word of their own daughters’ fate. The girls freed in October told the anxious parents that when they had left their camp the Galangs’ three daughters were healthy.
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