All 279 freed Nigerian schoolgirls reunited with their parents in the northwestern Zamfara state, Wednesday, March 3.
READ MORE: Nigeria has one of world's highest numbers of out-of-school children, 13.2 million, according to the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF). A wave of school kidnappings has worsened the situation, with some state authorities closing down boarding schools in their states until security is guaranteed.
The most recent attack on schools in Nigeria came last Friday, when gunmen abducted 279 schoolgirls from a government secondary school in northwestern Zamfara state.
A week before then, some 42 people including 27 schoolboys were kidnapped in a school in Kagara, in central Niger state.
So far, all abducted school children have been freed through negotiations.