Twenty-seven captives imprisoned by militant group Boko Haram were released Saturday in Cameroon.
Among the former hostages were 10 Chinese workers who were kidnapped on May 16 from a construction camp, and the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, who was kidnapped July 27 around Kolofata.
According to government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakari, the Cameroon officials negotiated with militants, but did not pay a ransom. The militants had initially asked for money and for the release of all Boko Haram members taken captive in Cameroon.
President Paul Biya announced the hostages were finally “safe,” however many suffered mental and emotional abuse and upon arrival to safety were immediately taken to a hospital for treatment.
Former hostage Seini Boukar, a Muslim cleric, mayor and traditional ruler of Kolofata, told VOA he and the other captives had not been physically brutalized but were psychologically tormented by losing their freedom.
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