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The horror of the Boko Haram kidnappings is still fresh, despite the incident occurring almost three years ago.

On April 14, 2014, 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from a boarding school in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Militant Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram admitted to the act as a bargaining tool for the release of several jailed militants affiliated with the terrorist organization. The crime inspired the social media hashtag #BringBackOurGirls and to date, a reported 21 girls have escaped capture.

To bring some good fortune to this sad story, Blavity reports that a software billionaire from Austin, Texas is committing to paying the college tuition of the 21 young women who escaped Boko Haram.

The reports states, “Billionaire Robert Smith, the Austin, Texas-based founder of enterprise software investment firm, Vista Equity Partners, has committed to paying for tuition, housing, meal plans and other related expenses for the 21 adoptees of the Nigerian government to attend the prestigious American University of Nigeria in Yola, as well as 3 other women in the Chibok community.”

The news was first announced by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on the Media to Nigeria’s President, who also said that Smith will cover tuition for any other young women who manage to escape from the Boko Haram or who are set free. Currently Robert Smith ranks as the 268th wealthiest person in America.


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