An Australian cleric hired by Goodluck Jonathan to negotiate the freedom of the Chibok girls has ruled out the possibility of a rescue because he says the girls are scattered in several groups in different camps across the Nigerian border in Chad, Niger and Cameroun. He explained to PUNCH that rescuing one group could endanger those in another group.
According to Stephen Davis some of the girls are really ill and need medical attention. He says:
"One of that small group of girls is ill and we had hoped we might convince the Commander of the group holding her that she should be released so that she can get medical treatment. There are other girls who are not well and we have come close to having them released but their captors fear a trap in which they will be captured in the handover process. One girl has what I assume is a broken wrist as they demonstrate to me how she holds her hands. I have been told that others are sick and in need of medical attention. But I am encouraged by the progress everyday there is a possibility of the release of the girls. This is painful for the parents and the nation. The well-being of the girls is constantly on our minds and we want to see their release as soon as possible."