It’s been two years since 300 schoolgirls were abducted by terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. The Nigerian teenagers were taken from their school in Chibok on April 14, 2014 and almost all of them are still missing.
CNN has obtained a video which shows footage of the girls speaking to the camera and identifying themselves with their names.
“WHAT’S your name? Is that the name your parents recognise? Where were you taken from?”
They are the words being asked by a man behind the camera in the video.
Around 15 young women are seen bowing their heads and looking scared as they hesitantly answer his questions.
Although this video is heartbreaking to watch it is at least evidence that at least some of the girls may still be alive and are being held captive by Boko Haram militants.
The footage, thought to have been shot last December, was shared with the schoolgirls’ parents. Their mothers are seen bursting into tears as they recognise their daughters and call out their names when their images appear on the screen.
“My Saratu!” cries one mother, reaching out to touch the image of her 17-year-old on the computer.
The girls, who were abducted from their beds in a dormitory at the Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok by gunmen on April 14, 2014 sparked global outrage. The #BringBackOurGirls hashtag went viral and got the support from many A-lister celebrities as well as the first lady of the USA Michelle Obama.
This new footage, thought to have been sent to a negotiator in December, has given everyone a glimmer of hope that the girl’s may return to their homes one day. If nothing else it has reignited interest and reminded the world that these girls are still missing.
Images from Supplied and CNN.