Yola — The first group of nearly 300 Nigerian girls and women released from Boko Haram were brought by the military to the safety of a refugee camp in the country's northeast Saturday evening.
As darkness fell in this dusty part of Yola, a convoy of armed vehicles brought the women and young children crammed into the backs of pickup trucks to a school that has been turned into a refugee camp for people displaced by Boko Haram.
The women had been traveling for three days from the Sambisa Forest where they were the military says it rescued them from captivity by the extremists.
Looking bewildered, some even in shock, the freed women and children lined up for tea and a stew of baobab leaves. Many of the babies had just rags for clothes. The military will turn the care of the women and children over to the National Emergency Management Agency.