Boko Haram, the dreaded Islamist terrorist group, has released a new video showing at least 50 school-age girls which the video says are Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped from their school in April 2014.
The girls are seen wearing hijabs that cover their full bodies with a Boko Haram fighter as moderator and interviewer. The militant restates the terrorists’ demands for the exchange of their detained fighters for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls.
The video, sent to Ahmad Salkida, a journalist with links to Boko Haram and posted on YouTube, shows the terrorist carrying out an interview with one of the girls, who says that her name is Maida Yakubu and she is from Chibok.
— Ahmad Salkida (@ContactSalkida) August 14, 2016
The terrorist prompts her to send a message to the Nigerian government urging the release of imprisoned Boko Haram terrorists.
“What I can say is that our parents should take heart,” she says in the Kabaku language. “Talk to the government so that we can be allowed to go home.”
This is the third video released by Boko Haram purportedly showing girls that were kidnapped from the Girls Secondary School in Chibok town in Borno, a state in the north eastern part of Nigeria.
The first was released in May 2014, when around 100 girls were shown in a video. But according to Chibok parents, just about 30 were identified as being girls that were taken from the school.
In the second one released in April 2016, 15 girls were shown and only two of them were identified by their parents.
Amnesty International says about 2,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram since 2014. Many are used as sex slaves, fighters and even suicide bombers.
Boko Haram has been ranked as the most deadly terrorist group in the world.
In June, 2016, one Chibok schoolgirl, Amina Ali Nkeki wandered to safety after two years in captivity. She is the only one of the Chibok girls to come out of captivity. She was with a 4-month old baby and a man idenfitided as her “Boko Haram husband” by the Nigerian military.
Ms. Amina Ali was quickly taken from the vigilante who found her by the military authorities, flown to Aso Rock to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.
After that meeting, which was met with much fanfare, she has been held “hostage” by the Nigerian government and her family doesn’t know where she is.
You may watch the video below: