A newly released video suggests that at least 130 of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped by the Boko Haram are still alive and unharmed
It’s been almost a month since terrorist organization Boko Haram abducted 276 Nigerian schoolgirls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Now, we’re reportedly getting the first glimpse at the girls since their kidnapping.
Boko Haram released a chilling new video, originally obtained by AFP, that seems to show a group of the girls, though the authenticity of the footage has yet to be confirmed. The video shows about 130 girls — just under half of the total number who were taken.
The good news is that the girls in the video are all alive and appear to be unharmed. One girl speaks directly to the camera, saying that no one in the group has been harmed.
It is thought that the girls were a mix of Christians and Muslims — but the video shows all the girls dressed in the full hijab, reciting passages from the Quran. In the video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says they have all been converted to Islam.
The fact that only 130 girls appear in the footage is also worrying, as the missing girls’ safety cannot be accounted for. But it is thought that the group may have simply been split up to help conceal their whereabouts.
In the weeks since the kidnapping, several political leaders and celebrities — including Michelle Obama, Jessica Biel, Angelina Jolie and Alexa Chung — have joined the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to help fight for their return.
For more on the kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls, read our full story: #BringBackOurGirls: What You Need To Know About The Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls.