Nigeria schoolgirl kidnappings

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Read the secret diaries of the Chibok girls

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Two 40-page notebooks used as diaries survive

It's the fourth anniversary tomorrow of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls taken from their school in Chibok by Boko Haram militants.

More than 100 of them remain in captivity, including Sarah Samuel, who wrote many of the entries in a diary smuggled out by her friend when she was released last year.

The girls used exercise books, given to them for the Koranic classes they were made to attend, to chronicle some of their experiences.

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Sarah Samuel, who wrote many entries, is still held by Boko Haram

Last year, journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani spoke to one of freed Chibok girls about how they managed to keep the diary a secret.

Read her account of the Chibok diaries: Chronicling a Boko Haram kidnapping

Dapchi father describes pain at second separation

The father of one of the released Dapchi schoolgirls has described his pain after she was taken away to the capital to meet the president within hours of her return.

After his daughter her was freed from Boko Haram and reunited with her family, the unnamed father told BBC Newsday "the painful thing is you don't seem to have a right over your daughter".

The girls have been flown to the capital, Abuja, where they are due to meet President Muhammadu Buhari.

The father told the BBC:

The army came to our houses and asked us to take them [our daughters] to our hospital and we complied. But after we took them there we were prevented from seeing or talking to them.

The painful thing is you don't seem to have a right over your daughter. Even though I assured her I wouldn't leave her there, we were all asked to leave and they took them away."

Some parents have told the BBC they got just 20 minutes with their daughter before she was taken to hospital, and from there to the capital, Abuja.

Listen to the father's account in full below:

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Nearly all of the 110 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by militants in the town of Dapchi last month were returned yesterday, the government says.

Officials have said at least 101 girls were reunited with their families after being brought back to the town.

Reports suggest at least five girls died during their ordeal, and that a Christian girl remains captive.

Buhari's red carpet on visit to Dapchi leaves many unimpressed

It has taken almost a month for Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Dapchi - the town where 110 girls were snatched by Boko Haram militants.

But - as we reported yesterday - he has finally made it there.

Unfortunately, the visit does not appear to have left either parents or Nigerian social media users impressed, after pictures emerged of his large entourage and the red carpet which was rolled out on his arrival.

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Mr Buhari - who promised "there will be no rest" until the schoolgirls were found - and his crew flew in on at least six helicopters to address the students, relatives and teachers of the kidnapped girls on Wednesday.

It led one mother of two missing girls to question where those soldiers were when her daughters were taken.

The president's huge security entourage, she said, was upsetting to see.

Others told the BBC they were not reassured by President Buhari's words and many are still angry at the lack of action by the government immediately after the attack.

Meanwhile, social media users could not take their eyes off the red carpet...

I thought I was watching an Award shows! Walking on a RedCarpet! on a ground stained with blood and scent of innoc… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Buhari Visits Dapchi Girls School In Red Carpet. A president that lost 110 children is walking in a RED CARPET in… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

How can you visit a scene where people are being kidnapped and be walking on the red carpet? I doubt if anybody wo… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…