CNN reports that the video 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.
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
The video which was aired on the Cable News Network (CNN) show no fewer than 15 of the abducted girls, pictured above, confirming that they were the girls taken from Government Girls Secondary School (GSS) Chibok.
The video was watched by 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.
Watch the video Here