A wave of hope has arisen in the case of the abducted Chibok girls following the release of a video which aims to prove that they are alive and well.
The clip, which was obtained by CNN, was sent to negotiators by Boko Haram as “proof of life”.
The video shows 15 of the girls wearing long hijabs and lined up against a dirty yellow wall.
They are then asked to states their names and where they were taken from and each girl, in obedience to the command, explains that she was taken from Chibok Government Secondary School.
According to CNN:
“As the two-minute clip comes to an end, one of the girls, Naomi Zakaria, makes a final — apparently scripted — appeal to whoever is watching, urging the Nigerian authorities to help reunite the girls with their families.”
“I am speaking on 25 December 2015, on behalf of the all the Chibok girls and we are all well,” she says, stressing the word “all”, and CNN believes her intonation seems to imply that the 15 teens seen in the video have been chosen to represent the group as a whole.”
Reuters also reported that two Chibok parents, Rifkatu Ayuba and Mary Ishaya said they recognised their daughters, Saratu and Hauwa, in the video, while a third mother, Yana Galang, identified five of the missing girls.
Watch the video below: