CNN has obtained a video claimed to be the missing Chibok schoolgirls. The video shows about 15 of the kidnapped Chibok girls, after 2 years in Boko Haram captivity.
The two minute visual tagged ‘Proof Of Life‘ recording shows the girls saying their names while a man asks questions & speaks behind the camera.
The video is believed to have been shot in December, 2015 and was obtained from one of the people negotiating for the release of the girls.
It was released by someone keen to give the girls’ parents hope that some of their daughters are still alive, and to motivate the government to help release them, CNN reports.
The girls, their hair covered and wearing long, flowing robes, line up against a dirty yellow wall. They show no obvious signs of maltreatment.
The video had been seen by negotiators and some members of the government. But no one had shown the parents until now.
The video which was aired on the Cable News Network (CNN) confirms that they were the girls taken from Government Girls Secondary School (GSS) Chibok.
Although they were guided during the interview, apparently by a Boko Haram member, CNN said they obtained the video through a close source to Boko Haram insurgents.
The video was watched by the some parents of the girls who were seeing their children for the first time in two years.
Rifkatu Ayuba, a mother caught sight of her long-lost, now 17-year-old daughter who was identified as Saratu and upon sighting her screamed “My Saratu!” reaching out to the screen of the laptop where the video was being watched.
The Laptop screen was the closest Rifkatu had been to her child in two years. She is desperate to comfort her little girl, but helpless. Saratu Ayuba is one of 15 girls seen in the recording shown to some of the families for the first time at an emotional meeting this week.
Wearing a purple abaya, with a patterned brown scarf covering her hair, Saratu stares directly into the camera. “I felt like removing her from the screen,” Ayuba tells CNN, desperate to pluck Saratu from the mysterious location where she is being held and bring her home. “If I could, I would have removed her from the screen.