According the Nigerian government, more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram in April are set to be released back into the hands of their parents as early as Monday.

The release comes after the signing of a ceasefire agreement with the terrorist group. 

From CNN:

People around the world are hoping the girls will be set free, but there are skeptics — and bad signs coming from Boko Haram. […] Now, after the government made the announcement of their possible release, the hashtag has reawakened with messages of hope and anticipation.

“I am desperate for their return. I must sing a new song of joy,” one poster wrote [online].

Another wrote, “I hope and pray this 189th day of the abduction of #OurGirls will be the last day we’ll say #BringBackOurGirls. I fervently pray so!”

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But Boko Haram is remaining silent on the deal the government says it signed with the Islamists in Chad last week.

Instead, the group has been causing violent stirs in the region, continuing five years of war. Over the weekend, a group of gunmen believed to be Boko Haram fighters attacked two villages and a town. At least eight people were killed and others kidnapped in the attack. But experts who study jihad militants have doubts about the deal going through.

“It remains to be seen whether this truce will actually materialize, whether it is merely an election ploy for Nigeria’s embattled president, Goodluck Jonathan, and most crucially whether it will bring about the release of numerous captives taken by Boko Haram during the past year,”  David Cook wrote in an analysis for CNN.

Let’s hope this deal is legit and the girls are brought back home safely.

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